Psalm 97:2 – “Clouds and thick darkness surround Him”.
It can be a challenge to worship someone we can’t see. It takes effort for us to try. We do our best to describe God’s great attributes in our praises and we offer thanksgiving for the awesome things He has done for us. But all the while, we know we often miss the mark. Whatever comes to mind when we think of God is going to fall far short of who He really is. The grandest, most incredible being we can conjure up in our mind is an inadequate image of our true Father. If we can think of it, we know it doesn’t measure up to His true greatness.
Maybe that is why, throughout man’s history, he has been prone to idolatry. It is easier to worship the things we can see. Our praise desires details. When we are in love with someone, we can usually say we love their smile or some other attribute. However, when we fall in love with our Heavenly Father; we don’t have those traits to observe. God’s ways are beyond ours. His thoughts are so much higher than ours – “clouds and thick darkness surround Him.”
So, I have been reading in Hebrews, and have learned that is why God sent us His son Jesus. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being (Hebrews 1:3). Although we can’t completely grasp it, we can “see” Him. Even though we didn’t walk along side of Him and see Him with the eyes of the disciples, we have a way to know what He has said and how He has related to us. We no longer have to wonder. Jesus is the exact radiance of God’s glory!
Why would clouds and thick darkness surround our Heavenly Father? Because seeing Him in all of His glory would blow our minds. It is more than we could ever comprehend or handle. But hallelujah – we worship a God who has made Himself accessible. I think we often take that for granted, but all of creation is in wonder! Our limited vision has a tendency to create idolatry of what we can comprehend, but Jesus has pierced that darkness and made a way for us to come closer than ever to our amazing Father. Hallelujah!