WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GRIPPED BY THE GLORY OF GOD? It means to bask in the glory of God through creation (eg: the trees, animals, solar system) all things that were made and created by the God of this universe. It means to stand in fear to the awesome power and judgement of God as He dealt with creation through the world wide flood.......through Pharaoh and his people.....and the nations that stood against His chosen children Israel to name a few. It means to be speechless, paralyzed as you reflect on how awesome He is in light of everything else from creation to natural disasters. It means to fall down in shame for my sin as I reflect on the holiness of God to the depravity of man (myself) found in the word of God. It means to stand in awe of His providential plan for sinful man and woman as He said He will send a Saviour...a Messiah to save His people from their sins. It means to stand in adoration of His unfailing love through Jesus Christ and the finishing work on the cross as Jesus bore my wrath and judgement on the cross of Calvary. It means to praise and adore Jesus, the one who saved my soul from Hell. It means to be gripped by His everlasting love and promise of eternal life with the King of Kings and Lord or lords. TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST! WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW AWESOME GOD IS!
- To be gripped by God is to be completely in love with Jesus Christ!
- To be gripped by God is to praise and shout His name to the nations for His beauty and love
- To be gripped by God is to be called one of His children as you cry out “Abba Father” as if you cry out to Daddy I need you!
- To be gripped by God is to worship the only true King! For all things are His.
I love the answer by Jesus! (v8b). Jesus Christ the God man...............Is our King who is strong and mighty! So strong and mighty He engages in War. Not just any war but the war against evil and the bondage of sin! Do you realize that Jesus singlehandedly defeated the enemy by Himself? He needed no one’s help.......He stood on the front lines when everyone retreated! This is why the young shepherd boy David, is a great picture of our Lord Jesus Christ when he defeated the giant Philistine! This man who spoke to these gates proclaimed that He was the King who has conquered all things by His sovereign power and might! He tells the gate keeper who spoke up that He is a mighty warrior who is the True King of glory. AMAZING PICTURE OF THIS IS PENNED BY JOHN! Rev 19:11:16 “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” This is why He boldly proclaims once again these words (look at v9). And once again the gate keeper proclaims “what man dares to speak to these doors” (v10a) Again I love the answer the man Jesus Christ gives (v10b) The Creator God is the King of glory and has come down to dwell in the midst of the city of men as a man........Jesus Christ! This man who stands at the gates commands them to open those doors is Jesus Christ the God man.....And for the first time a man enters in those gates......walks up to His Father with boldness and says “it is finished” and sits down and the Father looks at His son and says “it is finished in deed”. Jesus sits on the throne in all His glory! The King of king’s sits on the throne is all His glory!Not just any King but the One who created all things for His glory (v1-v2)
- The One that said “let there be light”
- The One who said “lets create man in Our image”
- The One that said “it is was good”
- The One who establishes everything by His authority and power.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TOM BE GRIPPED BY THE GLORY OF GOD? To realize that the King is seating on the throne in all His glory and He has made it possible for us (fallen sinful depraved people) to enter in through His precious Gospel! John Piper said “The ultimate good of the gospel is seeing and savouring the beauty and value of God. God’s wrath and our sin obstruct that vision and that pleasure. You can’t see and savour God as supremely satisfying while you are full of rebellion against Him and He is full of wrath against you. The removal of this wrath and this rebellion is what the gospel is for. The ultimate aim of the gospel is the display of God’s glory and the removal of every obstacle to our seeing it and savouring it as our highest treasure. “Behold Your God!” is the most gracious command and the best gift of the gospel. If we do not see Him and savour Him as our greatest fortune, we have not obeyed or believed the gospel." There is only one man who is capable and allowed to enter into the glory of Heaven and live to tell about it. His name is Jesus Christ the Son of man and we can enter in through His saving grace! Charles Spurgeon said in his commentary of this passage “Dear reader, it is possible that you are saying, “I shall never enter into Heaven of God, for I have neither clean hands nor a pure heart.” Look then to Christ, who has already climbed the holy hill. He has entered as the forerunner of those who trust Him. Follow His footsteps, and repose upon His merit. He rides triumphantly into Heaven, and you shall ride there too if you trust Him.”. The ascended Saviour is seated on the throne and He is calling out to the hillsides and streets.....for people to come and enter into His rest. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GRIPPED BY THE GLORY OF GOD? A personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! Who is the glorious representation for creation to see and look upon with adoration and praise! As the Hebrew writer penned “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GRIPPED BY THE GLORY OF GOD? Everything!.......Take hold of this wonderful truth and worship Him for who He is! The one and only King!