#336 – A God Merciful and Gracious (Exodus 34:6–8)

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“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.’ And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped.”
Exodus 34:6-8

The reason this passage is so significant in the Old Testament, not just the book of Exodus, is because Moses had prayed that God would reveal, show his glory to Moses and this is the revelation that God responded with, this glimpse of God’s glory and all of these different attributes that brought Moses to His face and so I just want to encourage us to pray accordingly. This is our God.
This is the God you and I serve, the God who reigns as Lord and King over all. This is how He revealed His glory to Moses. This is how he reveals His glory to us, in His word. So we worship. Right now, let’s just worship. Oh, God, You are the Lord. You are Yahweh, the Creator God. You are holy, merciful and gracious. We don’t deserve to be in Your presence right now. Oh, God, we don’t deserve to see Your glory. Yet, You have graciously revealed yourself to us. We praise You. The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, I think of where we would be right now if You were not slow to anger. If You were quick to anger, we would be cast away from You right now. We would be totally separated from You for all of eternity if You were not slow to anger. God, we praise you for being slow to anger in our lives, for being merciful and gracious and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands. God, we praise You for Your faithful love.

God abounds in steadfast love for His people, forgiving us of our trespasses and sins through Christ.

We are so often let down by others in this world and just think about all the marriages that end in divorce, as commitments to love fall apart for all kinds of different reasons, but God, that don’t last. But Your love lasts. Your love lasts forever and ever. You are always faithful. We don’t ever have to worry about You being faithful to us, even when we are unfaithful to You, You are faithful to us. We worship You for Your faithfulness, for forgiving inequity and transgression and sin. God, thank You for forgiving us. Thank You for forgiving me of my sin. Thank You for forgiving us of our sin. God, we praise You for sending You Son, Jesus to pay the price for our sin so that we could be forgiven of all our inequity and all our transgression and all our sin, knowing that You are just, that apart from Your grace, we would be guilty forever. But by Your grace, we’ve been made not guilty in Your presence by the blood of Jesus Christ for us. Oh, oh God, we glorify You. We praise You.

We fall down, bow our heads toward the earth and we worship You. We worship You. We worship and praise and exalt Your name and we pray. We want to know Your glory more and more and more and more and more. We want to know You and Your attributes, more and more and more and more, for we find life in glorifying You. In Jesus’ name, we praise and exalt You. Amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture.
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