Just because the manger is empty
doesn't mean the glory has left.
All we have to do is remember...
"On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works,
I will meditate.
Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.
They shall eagerly utter the memory
of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness."
For one thing, we need to meditate, remember, because we cannot always sit upon the mountain top with the spectacular view of His glorious splendor and majesty. But we must never forget how great God is. There is no drop of His splendor that will not be replenished. His glorious splendor knows no end. We can't get enough, but there is enough. It is always there.
Matthew Henry says, His greatness indeed cannot be comprehended. When we cannot, by searching, find the bottom, we must sit down at the brink, and adore the depth." "Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways." (Romans 11:33)
In Exodus 33:18-19 we see His goodness is His glory. "Then Moses said, 'I pray You, show me Your glory!' And He said, 'I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you..." Like Matthew Henry says, "It can never be exhausted, for He ever will be as rich in mercy as He ever was."
Adam Clarke says of God's greatness and works, "They are glorious and beautiful, majestic and wonderful," but also "Marvellous, and full of terror." "For the heavens declare, the sun, moon, and stars, in their splendor, magnitude, and perpetual motion shew forth God's honour and majesty. A second kind of works are the terrible acts of His justice, such as the deluge (the flood), the fire of Sodom, Pharaoh's overthrow in the Red Sea, the earth opening up to swallow Korah, Dathan, and Abiram." Yet, "Thy bounty shall make all generations eloquent in Thy praise."
"In the incarnation, passion, resurrection, ascension, the coming of the Holy Ghost, calling of the Gentiles, justification, sanctification, and eternal life: for all these, and each of them, men shall abundantly utter Thy righteousness."
Glory came down at Christmas.
Do you eagerly utter the memory of God's abundant goodness? Can we be like the little children who exclaim joyfully over the presents they've received under the tree? God has done awesome acts. Our last child still in the home did wake us at 5:30 Christmas morning in his eagerness to find out what was under the tree. He is a little too teenager-ish to squeal and jump up and down, yet he was quietly pleased. In fact he stayed enthralled with his presents, so much so that he wanted to go show them to his other family and friends. Be like that child, the one the Father has given good gifts to.