When Glory Dances


There are certain words in Scripture that tend to leap off the page and stir up a deep joy inside me. It’s more beautiful than my words can adequately describe. And, over the years, I’ve come to believe that this hopeful anticipation, this inexplicable joy, is worth pursuing until faith becomes sight.

Yesterday morning, on the drive to work, I had an overwhelming sense that glory was the “word for the day.”  I love that word. It’s one of those page dancing words in Scripture. It’s too big to be restrained. It’s too big to sit unnoticed. Glory is alive and my heart knows it!

As my heart welled with that joyful truth yesterday morning, two of my favorite glory verses came to mind:

In His temple, all cry “Glory!” Psalm 29:9

Lift up your heads, you gates!
Rise up, ancient doors!
Then this King of glory will come in.
Who is He, this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts, He is the King of Glory. Psalm 24: 9-10

I think one of the reasons I love this Psalm 29 verse is because it reminds me as to where these beautiful shouts of praise will be found…in His temple (in His presence). I also love the word all. In this holy place, all of creation is compelled to praise and honor their Creator. In His presence, there is no question, there is no doubt…GLORY! 

I love Psalm 24 because it immediately takes me back.  It reminds my heart of the song by Third Day called “Show Me Your Glory.” This song was released in 2001, the same year I surrendered an addiction to alcohol and the King of Glory came in and showed me how powerful He is.  I listen to this song and my chronically forgetful heart remembers, once again, where freedom is found and where my home is.

For some crazy reason, as I was writing this post, I thought about the scene in Finding Nemo this morning when the always confused, always forgetful Dory tells, Marlin, Nemo’s dad, why he can’t leave her because “when I look at you, I am home.”  I rewatched the scene this morning. Dory is desperate to stay in the presence of the one individual who helps her make sense of her life.

Lord, thank you for never leaving us. Open my eyes to see Your glory all around me today. Help me to stay desperate for Your presence in my life.

I need you, Lord.

Because when I look at You, Lord, I am home!”

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