I Can Only Imagine

I think it would be one of those situations where you could never really predict what you would do unless you were actually in the moment.

Malachi 3:1-18

Reference:  v.2  But who can endure the day of his coming?  Who can stand when he appears?  For he will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap. (NIV Bible)

Explore:  The thought of standing before God brings many thoughts and emotions.  I think it would be one of those situations where you could never really predict what you would do unless you were actually in the moment.  God's overwhelming love would bring rejoicing, His wonder would bring praise, and His grace would bring humility.  But what would you do before God?  Mercy Me wrote a song about this experience called 'I Can Only Imagine' :

I Can Only Imagine
Mercy Me

I can only imagine
What it will be like
When I walk
By your side

I can only imagine
What my eyes will see
When your face
Is before me
I can only imagine

I can only imagine

[Chorus:]Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine

I can only imagine
When that day comes
When I find myself
Standing in the Son

I can only imagine
When all I will do
Is forever
Forever worship You
I can only imagine

I can only imagine

Application:  While it's hard to imagine what it will be like to stand before God in all His glory, the beauty of worshipping an intimate God is that we are able to stand before God every single day.  His full glory is too great for us now but if we are aware of God's presence then we are able to experience God in our everyday lives.  The feeling of overwhelming love, the beauty of creation, the forgiveness you never thought possible, a room filled with laughter, the peace you have been searching for… all these are experiences of God.  May you experience Him more now than ever before and so be able to identify Him walking beside you every single day.

Prayer:  Lord, You are beyond our imagination and when we stand before You, it is only then that we will have a greater understanding of the mighty God we worship.  Thank you for being present with us every day.  May we open our eyes to see You more.  Amen.

Where have you 'seen' God in the last 24 hours? 

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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