Monthly Archives: July 2015

‘Show me your glory’

The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide
Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. (Exod 33:11)

Last week we saw how, like Moses, King David grew a close association with the presence of God represented symbolically by the Ark of the Covenant; he brought it to his capital city Jerusalem. Recall the lessons to learn along the eventful journey of the Ark of God (2Sam 6):First, that God is exalted above all earthly powers and tribes of the entire world, and blessed are we who embrace and live in Him.Second, that He is a Holy God to be
worshipped in reverence and awe; the death of Uzzah who transgressed was an illustration of this point. Third, that a powerful blessing accompanies God’s Presence; that blessing filled the household of Obed-Edom, but was later transported to the entire nation when David finally brought the Ark to Jerusalem. In Jesus Christ the divine visitation was fully perfected, the outreach limitlessly extended to all

One thing we all have to be sure of is that you need to wait at one time or another. Do you have the grace of waiting? Let us journey back a little in Moses’ footsteps; at one point he made a really stunning prayer: “Now, show me your glory.” The presence and glory of the Lord is very captivating, it is very beautiful, we all need to experience this! But it only comes to those who are willing to tarry, to wait, to abide, to remain, to linger, to stay longer until the relationship gets there… Joshua is my star in today’s reading; he ‘did not leave the tent’ and this is surely the place where he got the anointing to lead after Moses the great prophet.

We have many other great examples of characters in the Bible who achieved the ultimate waiting: Mary Magdalene received a groundbreaking revelation after waiting longer than the others: She came with some other women to the tomb, they found it empty, they went and told the apostles; Peter and John came and also found the tomb empty; Peter even took the courage to go inside the tomb, and the two apostles spent time searching and wondering what would have happened to the body of their ‘fallen’ ‘King’! It is difficult to estimate how long they lingered at the holy tomb, it now seemed increasingly meaningless to remain at a perplexing and hopeless venue; soon they were lost for ideas and decided to go back home. But Mary… she remained sometime after Peter and John had returned to their own homes.

Another Mary much earlier made her waiting and Jesus said of her, ‘Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’ (Luke 10:42) If you are ready to wait… you can pray like Moses, ‘Show me your glory.’

God bless you all.

The Power of God’s Presence

Now King David was told, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. (2Sam 6:12)

Talk about an important visitation, and the anxious waiting and preparations for the visit of the Pope is a good illustration. But Ugandan minds will more freshly remember the
recent foiled Mbale trip that captured local and international media attention; who is this Hon. Amama Mbabazi whose visitation was so firmly resisted by a police immensely
deployed in the Eastern city and the roads leading there? Let us for now examine a related yet much greater subject, not a dignified but a divine visitation – the power of God’s
presence.

When king David had settled in the new capital city of Jerusalem, he decided to bring to the palace the Ark of God. This Ark was originally made to be in the specified Tabernacle and these in combination were a representation of the presence of God. Moses had
meetings with God here and received instructions that he would take to the Israelites. David was therefore symbolically bringing to Jerusalem a divine visitation. Matthew Henry
describes the event:

It might well put them into a transport of joy to see the ark rise out of obscurity and move towards a public station. It is better to have the ark in a house than not at all, … but it is very desirable to have it in a tent pitched on purpose for it, where the resort to it may be more free and open. As secret worship is better the more secret it is, so public worship is better the more public it is; and we have reason to rejoice when restraints are taken off, and the ark of God finds welcome in the city of David, and has not only the protection and support, but the countenance and encouragement, of the civil powers.

Along the journey of the Ark of God, there are lessons to learn: First, that God is exalted above all earthly powers and is worthy of honour and worship by all, great and small.
Second, that He is a Holy God to be worshipped in reverence and awe; the death of Uzzah who transgressed was an illustration of this point. Third, that a powerful blessing
accompanies God’s Presence; that blessing filled the household of Obed-Edom, but was later transported to the entire nation when David finally brought the Ark to Jerusalem. In Jesus Christ the divine visitation was fully perfected, the outreach limitlessly extended to all tribes of the entire world, and blessed are we who embrace and live in Him.

God bless you all.

Leader established by God

“Then David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had
exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel”.
(2Sam 5:12)

I am a leader appointed by God for God and for God’s people. On the day I was
ordained deacon in the Anglican Church on 07th Dec 2008, the preacher spoke to
the Congregation at All Saints Cathedral Kampala that God had offered us (priests)
as gifts to the Church. But he was also quick to admonish us that the people to
whom we were being sent are God’s people, God’s own flock. No matter which discipline,
every leader needs to know this and keep it in mind. From the prefect at
school, a family head, a head of department, the company director, to national leaders,
this delegated authority needs to be clearly understood and exercised with due
care. Queen Esther almost missed the point had Haman not counselled her; but
David quickly got the point – that the Lord had established him as king… for the
sake of his people Israel.

I recently explored the extensive messages of Prophet Moses and the Apostle Peter
about our calling to be God’s Special Possession; Moses, received these instructions,
to pass them to the entire assembly of God’s people: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD
your God, am holy.’ This means to be a separate people from all others, abstaining
from all the impurity and idolatry, and observing the guidance given by the Lord.
Their being distinguished from all other people by peculiar laws and customs was
intended to teach them a real separation from the world and the flesh, and an entire
devotedness to God. Peter particularly draws from this call to holiness in the Old
Testament and interprets it for Christians; he sternly points the believers in Christ
to the holiness requirement, before defining their new status as the new Israel – the
(new) chosen generation and royal priesthood (1Pet 1:15-16, 2:9).

Every leader is called to remember that God’s people are dearly loved; He calls the
His Special Possession; He seeks the lost and encourages the weak; He strengthens
the weary and comforts the desperate. Leadership is only a delegation of some of
these actions to people who are made in the image of God. David constantly sought
the guidance of the LORD because he knew He was the source of the authority, and
the people under his leadership were the LORD’s. This is an example for us all to
emulate as God bestows upon us responsibilities big or small. He is waiting for the
day for us to present our accounts and He longs to hear good reports, which He will
gladly reward.
God bless you.