Rock of Ages

Lou Lotz

READ : Exodus 33:12-23

“Show me your glory, I pray.” (v. 18)

“Show me your glory,” Moses says to God. No more ambiguity. No more mystery. I want to know you fully. I want to see you face to face. “Show me your glory.”

The request is not granted, nor can it be. Instead, God hides Moses in the cleft of the rock as his glory passes by, and Moses sees only God’s back. And we are left to wonder what God’s back looks like.

It is not for us to see the full glory of God, not in this life. But there are hints, little glimpses of the hem of his garments. I have seen God’s glory in the smiling face of my friend Sue, who distributes groceries at the food pantry. I have seen God’s glory in Faye, who serves dinner to the poor and homeless every month, and in David, who lovingly tends to the church courtyard, pulling weeds and trimming trees. I have seen God’s glory in the steadfast service of missionaries, and I have heard it in the voices of children’s choirs.

I would like to know God fully. Maybe someday, on the other side of death, I will. In the meantime I will be content with hints and glimpses, and happy in the knowledge that although I cannot fully know God, God fully knows me.


Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.