When Moses asks to see more of God, God’s reply is ‘I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.’ (Ex 33:19 TNIV). Proclamation is a key part of the gospel; Ps 22:31 TNIV says ‘They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!’ That is pretty much how I feel at the moment, longing to proclaim all that God has done, wanting to tell everyone how He has done mighty things: ‘I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.’ (Ps 71:16 TNIV). I have seen God move in my own life in recent weeks in ways that still leave me shaking my head in wonder and smiling with that kind of rueful appreciation that is hard to describe.
Back in March, when I finally stopped wrestling with God and accepted that He had something new for me, I was really blessed by a song called ‘Ready for You’ which talked about ‘standing on the edge of something new.’ That captured exactly how I felt at the time; I blogged about it here. Since then, I have been very conscious that we need to have our arms wide open to embrace all that God wants to do in our lives and in our church, even when we are not exactly sure what that is! Recently, Kevin gave me a CD to listen to by Jesus Culture and one of the songs there also captures this idea of proclaiming all that God has done and being ready for Him to move again in our midst. May we all proclaim from the rooftops that we belong to God and commit to Him all that we have and are, being ready to embrace all that He is and all that He is doing and wants to do in us and through us.
“So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours
All that I am, I place into Your loving hands
And I am Yours, I am Yours
Here I am, I stand, with arms wide open
To the One, the Son, the Everlasting God.” (‘Rooftops’, Jesus Culture)
‘Rooftops’, Jesus Culture