“The LORD said to Moses, ‘Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready by the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to me on the top of the mountain’… So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone. The LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 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…’
“And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. And he said, ‘If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.’ ‘Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you…’ When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.” Exodus 34:1-2,4-10,29
Vast mountain, rough dust and rock path through tangly growth, heat and stretched muscle effort– yet there is much beautiful and holy about this exchange. Almighty, covenant-keeping LORD personal speaks to His man Moses, ‘Come up again, let’s do this again, I’ll rewrite the commandments on fresh tablets that you dropped when you saw they were broken. Come early, eager, alone.’ (Exodus 32:1-20)
The way of obedience, of the morning, of the mountain, led this servant to see his God in new light. This God of second chances proclaimed His mercy, faithfulness, and holiness: His love would not fail, neither His justice. Moses’s covenant LORD was also his Master Lord. He could only bow, and plead on behalf of this benevolent Master’s grace, ‘Please go with us, we need You.’ When he humbled himself, the Sovereign of the universe made an astounding promise of awesome work He would do.
When we go to our Lord early, unfettered, unveiled, He welcomes us and speaks. Humbled and desperate, we discern and become familiar with new facets of His perfect character, and learn to converse on their merit. We absorb the light of His very Person, taking new boldness, expectancy, brightness, resolve, and then unconsciously reflect His mysterious glory to others.
LORD my Lord, captivate me with all You are. May I bow before You eager and early, and ever seek, marvel at, and declare Your unsearchable, awesome deeds. (Jeremiah 33:3)