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The Glory of Loving-kindness

The Glory of Loving-kindness

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BY HUGH BLACK



A MEDITATION AT COMMUNION

And he said, I beseech Thee, shew me Thy glory. And He said, I will
make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of
the Lord before thee. EXODUS xxxiii. 18, 19.

BY HUGH BLACK



A MEDITATION AT COMMUNION

And he said, I beseech Thee, shew me Thy glory. And He said, I will
make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of
the Lord before thee. EXODUS xxxiii. 18, 19.

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THE GLORY OF LOVIG-KIDESS BY HUGH BLACK A MEDITATIO AT COMMUIO And he said, I beseech Thee, shew me Thy glory. And He said, I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee. EXODUS xxxiii. 18, 19. MOSES request is a human and even a natural one, though it may sound like presumption. To enter into the mysterious Presence, to know what is at the heart of the universe, to pierce through the material veil that cloaks our sight, to be sure of the reality of the unseen world, must always be the supreme aspiration of the high heart of man. In some form or other it has been the great desire of man to see God s glory. In our day this desire may be stated in scientific terms as the search for truth, but it is only in line with the old high curiosity of the religious soul. Indeed it is not curiosity in the ordinary sense, but far more akin to adoration, the desire to prostrate the whole being before the Most High. In adoring wonder and awe men have dreamed of God s glory, the Kingly grace of the 156 THE GLORY OF LOVIG-KIDESS 157 Heavenly Court. Amid the mists and flickering twilights of earth we would stand in the full blaze of the perfect light. There are moments when men must long for an Apocalypse, a complete revealing of the mystery hid from all ages. Even if we know
 
little of such moods, we yet can have some sympathy with the desire, when a human soul longs for the divine effulgence though the glory blind him, when he would be broken of pride and emptied of self and lie prostrate before the Great White Throne. The most wonderful thing in the Bible is the spiritual insight which interpreted God s glory, the revelation of what constituted the supreme grandeur and majesty of God, the lustre of His glory. Glory to us is associated with magnificence and dazzling splendour, the pomp of power and the pride of place. Our vain earthly minds think of brilliant pageantry and imposing state, the scarlet and the gold, sceptre and throne, and all the insignia of majesty ; and men have often spoken of the divine glory by words that express lavish grandeur, wealth of colour and radiant light and the music of the spheres. Put alongside of all such word-painting, to express the ineffable glory of God, this answer, and you will understand Revelation in its most awe-inspiring aspect. I be seech Thee, shew me Thy glory. And He said, I 158 EDIBURGH SERMOS will make all My goodness pass before thee and will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee. . . . And the Lord passed and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. Can anything match that for real majesty ? Could anything be further away from our common vulgar conceptions of what true glory is ? From that follows in spiritual necessity all the long story of grace, the Incarnation and the Cross God s sublime answer to man s prayer, Shew me Thy glory. Have we yet under stood what the answer is, and what it should mean to us ? This revelation of God s essential nature
 
puts the emphasis not on power but on goodness, not on splendour but on kindness, not on the blazing halo but on the soft light of love. Shew me Thy glory, I beseech Thee. I will make My goodness pass before thee. Goodness means kindness, loving-kindness, as it is so often expressed in the Psalms, the loving- kindness of the Lord. What material splendour could compare with this wondrous moral glory here revealed as God s nature and attributes ? What compare with the spiritual beauty of the thought ? And it is no isolated answer, a flash struck once and lost again. It is the one con- THE GLORY OF LOVIG-KIDESS 159 sistent thought of the Bible, growing in distinct ness, gathering fresh tokens of grace, making new evidences of goodness pass before men s eyes, speUing out the sublime ame more and more simply and more and more visibly, till the Word became flesh and men beheld His glory. Men could not easily recognise it in such lowly guise, as even now we still revert to our vulgar standard of glory and are blind to the beauty and shining grace of love. Behold thy King cometh unto thee, meek and they did not re cognise their King because He was meek. What an exposure of man, and what a revelation of God ! The Lord of Glory came unto His own, in all the true imperial majesty of love; and His own received Him not, because they were not able to recognise glory when they saw it. Yet are we farther advanced in our standards and tests ? The world has learned slowly the meaning of

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