Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
Matthew 17:4 (17:1-8)
Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord it is good for us to be here; if you wish I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
Peter, James, and John had just experienced something unbelievable. One minute it was just Jesus, Peter James, and John. Then the foursome found themselves in the presence of two great giants of the faith, Moses the Law Giver and Elijah the prophet. Wow! In Peter’s estimation, “Life just doesn’t get better than this. Let’s just stay here on the mountain top forever!” Peter offers to erect three dwellings – one for Jesus, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.
Jesus thoroughly enjoyed the moment, especially receiving God’s confirmation. He roused the disciples from their position of cowering fear and instructed them to go with Him – down the mountain to resume His ministry and mission that were not yet completed. There was still work to be done! Perhaps there will be other mountains and more time to enjoy life in the company of Jesus and the disciples.
The Glory to God commentator wrote:
While the reference to Jesus as Light of the world (John 8:12, 9:5) can be understood generally, this hymn is perhaps best understood as a response to the Transfiguration.
O Lord shine Your light on us and help us to be beacons of the light of Your love shining throughout the world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.