Dimly

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

The other day in chapel we sang a song called “Facedown.” The first verse talks about being welcomed into the presence of God, as we stand in the courts of our King; the chorus repeats, “And I’ll fall facedown / As Your glory shines around.” At one point during the song another was spliced in, sections of Phil Wickham’s “Cielo”: “I can’t sing loud enough / When I’m singing for You my God / I can’t sing loud enough / I can’t sing loud enough . . . / But I can’t bow low enough / I can’t bow low enough / At the vision of You my God / I can’t bow low enough / I can’t bow low enough / At the vision of You my God . . . / But I can’t lift my hands high enough / Lift my hands high enough / When I’m reaching for You my God / I can’t lift my hands high enough / Lift my hands high enough / When I’m reaching for You my God”

This is powerful imagery…. the thought of being so in awe of God, basking in His presence, and having no other response than to fall before Him in the midst of His glory. The throne room imagery we find in Revelation talks about the constant praise heard around the throne, “Day and night, they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come'” (Revelation 4:8). We stand before this same throne, worshiping the God of the Universe–Who created all and then swooped into His own creation and redeemed it. It is for this reason we can stand in this place. When Christ died on the cross, the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51). We need no other intercessor, than Christ alone, in order to enter the presence of God. Through Him we have been brought back, and stand before our creator redeemed (Colossians 1:22). We are welcomed in.

It is beautiful to sing about these things–being ushered into God’s presence, falling before Him in the midst of His glory–and imagine the throne room. Yet, now we see only in part; we know only in part. What we know of God and His presence is faint compared to the reality of His glory. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12. If we truly understood this–that we have no idea how to fathom the fact that one day we would realize the intensity of the glory of God, stand in the His presence, and fall before His throne–shouldn’t it change everything? Wouldn’t our lives mimic this as well? Shouldn’t we be in awe that the presence of the God of the universe walks with us? That we have the ability to enter His throne room at any time, in any place, even at our point of weakness? (Heb 4:14-16). What would it look like to live our lives mindful of the throne room? mindful of His presence? What if our lives–our thoughts, actions, interactions, pursuits– all went back to this? What if we bowed down our lives before the throne room of God in an act of worship? What if we spoke with our lives–our thoughts, actions, interactions, pursuits– that we “can’t sing loud enough. . . bow low enough . . . lift [our] hands high enough . . .” in the midst His presence and in awe of Him?

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

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