Oh my God, I have seen you in my soul, just as Ezekiel saw you in visions. You dwell in brilliance, “an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light.” (Ez. 1:4)
Oh my God, are holy, powerful and worthy of all praise… for all things were created by you, and for your glory. I stand bowed down in reverence at your presence with the four mighty creatures “as they stood with lowered wings.” (Ez. 1:25)
Overwhelmed I stand in your presence… stunned by your beauty. Brilliant light surrounds you. “Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day” you satisfy my every need. (Ez. 1:27,28)
As you speak, I will remember that I was powerless to hear you except by the filling of your Spirit. (Ez. 2:1,2)
Your words will become my food. I will eat them and they will be “as sweet as honey in my mouth.” (Ez. 3:3)
You speak, “whether they listen or fail to listen.” Oh God, let me hear your words. (Ez. 3:10)
We have turned away from you, every one of us, and you “have been grieved by [our] adulterous hearts, which have turned away from [you], and by [our] eyes, which have lusted after [our] idols.” (Ez. 6:8)
Oh God, “because of all the wicked and detestable practices” that we have flaunted in your face, we “fall by the sword, famine and plague.” (Ez. 6:11)
We, as a human race, have “blasphemed [you] by forsaking [you].” (Ez. 20:27)
We, as a human race, have perpetrated treachery upon you. (Ez. 39:26)
Sovereign Lord, you came to deliver us from our lost condition. You said, “I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.” I weep at your feet for this mercy. (Ez. 34:11)
Sovereign Lord, you said, “I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice.” I weep with joy at your tenderness toward me. (Ez. 34:15, 16)
Merciful God, you have done this great thing: “For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleanness.” (Ez. 36:24-29)
You have given me a heart of flesh.
Why? Is it because I deserved it, or because I made a promise to stay within your will? I have long ago, and many times betrayed that promise. Is it because I understood a doctrinal formula? Is it because I have learned ‘about’ you better than the next person?
No! You saved me, and you keep me, and all your ‘loved ones’ for more than our own sake, and apart from our worthiness. We have incredible ‘value’ to you, but our righteousness has always been ‘filthy rags’ to you. Our treachery and weakness are no surprise to you. It is for your sake, and your glory alone, that you have redeemed your people out of all nations. You say:
“I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Ez. 36:32)
“Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate.” Oh my God, it is for your glory that we have been rescued. (Ez. 36:36)
I am at rest and dwell safely because of your eternal commitment to the Covenant that you made with the Son. Your strong and loving arm determined to save me… and all your chosen ones… and so shall we all be saved. We shall be kept safe within your pastures.
It is because of YOUR promise, oh my God… not my promise. Your purpose to save us, your chosen loved ones, will be fulfilled because you keep your word.
“I The Lord have spoken, and I will do it.” (Ez. 36:36)
I worship you my wonderful, merciful and tender God.