Lead me in the way everlasting I will follow you Lead me in your way oh God Do not let me be put to shame oh God I am following you I will follow you You lead me in your way oh God You lead me in quietness and trust Like a sheep led before it’s shearers So you were led by the Holy one You followed Him I follow you You died for me I die to you Please, make yourself big in me You must increase You must take up every room You must enlarge yourself inside of me Fill up every crevasse, every hidden space Do not efface thyself from my case Let me erase and bare the image of your face Grace, Grace, Enlarge, Enlarge Spread out The author of the galaxy Come spread out inside of me Growth Go forth Burst forth noisily, Violently shatter my enemies They shrink like ants before your weight Glory Glory Let the Glory Glory Come into my space Take up residence I fall to my face I long for a taste What it must be like to be Washed in your graceful glory Let your weightiness dwell in my space Let my flesh die in your brace I long to see your face
We must make room!
We must make room for Him!
WE MUST MAKE ROOM!
WE MUST MAKE ROOM FOR HIM!
I heard a pastor talk about his testimony of experiencing the weightiness of God’s Glory. It was winter, and he was in a poorly insulated shack. God brought the weightiness of his glory upon him, and he fell with his face to the cold floor. For three hours, he could not move. He said:
He said that our bodies cannot stand the Glory. His body was sore for three days, like he had finished a challenging workout.
‘I am preparing you for the Glory. You must let me in. Move aside every weight that encumbers you. Do not hide your idols under your saddle. You are sitting on idols that should not be with you. They have been around so long you don’t see them as idols. They are your everyday company. I don’t speak of people. What follows you every day? What sits with you on your travels? If I asked you to lay them down, would you scream and kick ‘Noooooooo’ I need them! They comfort me!’ Ask me to remove every idol from your heart. Some have masked the pain. I am your redeemer. Let me heal your pain. Let me remove those bandages. I will do it. Only ask me, and you will be free. I am he who delivers you. Be free in me.’
Are you hungry for the Glory of God? Let Him in again. Let his Glory change you. He will do it. He will free you. Every weight and every sin will not overcome you. He will cause you to master it. He will cause you to walk in liberty and freedom.
“Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear deceitfully.”Psalm 24:3-4
“Swear” in this verse means to swear an oath, to make a covenant.
Lift up your heads, O gates! Be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of Glory may enter! Who is this King of Glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates! Be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of Glory may enter! Who is He, this King of Glory? The LORD of Hosts. He is the King of Glory.
Lift your head. “Wake up, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Let the king of Glory come in. We are gates and a doorway for the King of Glory. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me.”
The Lord is here to battle. He has land to take up. What is this land? Our hearts, our lives. As He fills us up to overflowing, we will take more land for Him. We are spiritual land and territories. Demons and the kingdom of darkness seek to reside and control these territories. But Jesus came to set the captives free.
“If you will return, O Israel, return to Me,” declares the LORD. “If you will remove your detestable idols from My sight and no longer waver, and if you can swear, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ in truth, in justice, and in righteousness, then the nations will be blessed by Him, and in Him they will glory.” For this is what the LORD says to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: “Break up your unplowed ground, and do not sow among the thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and remove the foreskins of your hearts,”Jeremiah 4:1-4
“In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away. “And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. “And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.”
Lord, we ask you to give us clean hands and pure hearts. Heal our hearts from all the wounds that caused us to seek other comforts than you. Show us how to enter into your presence and receive the grace we need. Heal the land, take up full residence within us. We ask for forgiveness for seeking comforts that do not fulfill us. You are the only one who truly fulfills us. We ask you, by your mighty in-working power of the Holy Spirit, that you would empower us to lay down every idol and every weight that you have not asked us to pick up that encumbers us. Help us overcome all sins, Lord, even hidden sins in our hearts we do not see. Restore and renew a right spirit within us. Though we are weak, you are strong, so we cannot boast in our strength but of your indwelling, liberating, Holy Presence. We ask for Godly faith, hope, and love. Replace all fear, doubt, unforgiveness, anger, and pain with your love. Make us new. We ask for the weightiness of your presence. We ask for a deep hunger for you, Lord. An all-consuming fire, a burning passion for you, God. The kind of hunger we read about in Psalms 42, as the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for you oh Lord. Restore the joy of our salvation and help us to rejoice and recognize you wherever you are speaking to us, even in the simple ways you want to bless us. We give you all the praise, honor, and Glory. May we open our hearts and lives completely to you, Jesus. Amen.