“Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white.”
Last night I went to concert at the Spokane Arena. Huge crowd. Loud. Fun. We had a great time. Some of the bands were amazing. Even the bands I didn’t like put on a good show.
It was a Christian event - so lots of the bands and artists sang about the Lord. Most of them talked about the Lord, and were clear - that was why they were there.
Some of them had great things to say (both in their music and as they talked to us). Others, not so much.
I noticed something though. There was a huge emphasis, both in song lyrics and in talk on God’s glory. God is glorious. We want to see, to experience His glory. We declare that He is glorious. Lots and lots of stuff about God’s glory.
Here’s what I thought was odd: both the performers and the people’s response.
When they’d talk about God’s glory - they reacted by dancing, yelling, and jumping.
There was lots of jumping - it was hopping, really.
Hopping was probably the most prevalent response to God’s glory.
Everyone was hopping - and all the singers were really hopping. And they kept telling us to jump!
I don’t have a problem with hopping. I’m not anti-hopping. In fact - I hopped (despite my wife’s discouragement, something about “act your age”). I did more hopping last night than I’d done in a long time.
At one point I stopped for a minute and thought - “Why are we hopping?” It was great exercise. And it was kind of fun when the whole place was hopping. But did it really have anything to do with God’s glory?
The appropriate response to good, loud music - might be hopping. But the appropriate response to truly being in the presence of God’s glory…?
In the Bible - people usually fall on their faces like they’re dead.
Revelation 1:17 “When I saw Him [Jesus], I fell at his feet as though dead.”
Ezekiel 1:28 “Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face"
Now, if everyone at the concert had suddenly fallen to the ground like they were dead - that would have really freaked me out. I didn’t mind that everyone was hopping.
But I think it’s important - because it impacts how we think about God, about Who He is, about how we should act if we are really in His tangible presence, about our relationship to Him.
Have fun jumping (or hopping) when the musics good.
But understand this. If you come into God’s presence, you probably won’t jump around yelling and making a scene.
Maybe I’m wrong - but I’m betting that we’ll be so overwhelmed by God’s power, holiness and “glory”, that we’ll fall on our knees, if not our faces - because He’s that good, He’s that great!