SHEKINAH GLORY COME
John 1:16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.
This past Sunday morning during worship I was suddenly aware of the presence of God. This happens all the time but it is never quite the same. This time I had the sense of a wide river encompassing, protecting, healing, and renewing everything it touched. As I enjoyed the presence of this river flowing over me I began to think of this word “fullness”. He has made us to receive of His fullness; fullness of joy, fullness of satisfaction, fullness of His Grace. As we continued to sing, “It’s the fullness of Your Presence, Shekinah Glory come!!” I realized that what I was tasting was the answer to the prayer of that song.
I love the word “fullness”. When speaking of God and of His grace this word takes on a “fuller” meaning. Of course God is infinite and when speaking of His fullness we are speaking of an unlimited supply. John said that we have all received of His fullness. We are drinking of His cup of infinite grace. This cup exists in a constant state of overflow, this has become my portion in this new life. Once we begin to taste of this amazing grace of God we become aware of the unlimited supply that calls out to us. We have to have to have more. We are on a quest to discover this “grace upon grace”. Jonathan Edwards spoke often of this awakened spiritual appetite, listen to his words.
“Spiritual good is of a satisfying nature; and for that very reason, the soul that tastes, and knows its nature, will thirst after it, and a fullness of it, that it may be satisfied. And the more he experiences, and the more he knows this excellent, unparalleled, exquisite, and satisfying sweetness, the more earnestly will he hunger and thirst for more, till he comes to perfection. And therefore this is the nature of spiritual affections, that the greater they be, the greater the appetite and longing is, after grace and holiness.”
In this verse from John there is a sense of the building up or increasing of God’s grace. This grace is unlimited and we can only receive portions at a time. As our hunger increases, as we feast on the abundance in our Father’s House, we step into this fullness of grace upon grace. Matthew Henry also spoke about the fullness of the grace of God.
“The fulness of this grace. Grace for grace is abundance of grace, grace upon grace one grace heaped upon another; as skin for skin is skin after skin, even all that a man has, Job ii. 4. It is a blessing poured out, that there shall not be room to receive it, plenteous redemption: one grace a pledge of more grace. Joseph-He will add. It is such a fulness as is called the fulness of God which we are filled with. We are not straitened in the grace of Christ, if we be not straitened in our own bosoms.”
Here I am again today, Lord, waiting in your presence. Shekinah Glory come!!!