He’s Scary, but Good!

When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the LORD filling theTemple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the LORD, saying, “He is so good! His faithful love endures forever!”  2 Chronicles 7:3

Some of you know that I’m a big believer in positional prayer.  I believe that there are times when the best way to approach prayer is on my face, prostrate before the Lord, displaying to whatever spiritual entities observe me those outward signs of dependence and humility that paint a physical picture of who I am, who He is, and what the process of making Him Lord of my life really means: Submission, Surrender, Servanthood. 

As this passage from 2 Chronicles points out today, our God is loving–and aren’t you glad He is–but he’s also a consuming fire, hotter than any blaze we could ever handle or think about manipulating.  His holiness is part of his love and when we see it in action, our soul responds, sometimes causing us to fall on our faces and cry out words of praise and worship to him.

I love that part of CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, wherein Mr. & Mrs. Beaver speak to Lucy about Aslan:

“…he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion, the Lion, the great Lion.”

“Ooh,” said Susan, “I thought he was a man. Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, and make no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the king I tell you.”

Let me ask you: When was the last time you got down on the floor, on your face, in total submission to God and cried out for his glory to fill the temple that is YOU?  This type of expression before God is appropriate and appreciated by our Lion–the Lion of Judah. 

Today, let’s tell God what we think of his enduring love, and thank Him for coming into our lives, lifting us out of the muck and mire, and making us King’s kids.

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