Strangely Glorious

“Strangely Glorious” from Strangely Glorious by Mark Wavle. Released: 2006. Track 3. Genre: Religious.

New recording (Oct 2016):

Explanation of the Song
One of the major symbols in the grand celebration of the Biblical Feast of Tabernacles (aka Sukkot) during autumn is the sukkah – a tent, booth, or tabernacle. God commanded his people to live in tents for seven days – what a strange way to celebrate! (Lev 23:39-43)

A sukkah is purposely created to be temporary, not permanent. So, when you shove a sukkah, you might wonder if it will fall over. When the wind blows, you can see it shake. Tradition even holds that the roof of a sukkah should be made in such a way that you can see right through it – to the stars above.

And it strikes me that I am not so unlike a sukkah… If a storm of life shoves me, I might fall over. When the wind blows, you can see me shudder. And if you look at my life, there are places you can see right through me.

But this sukkah, imperfect and fragile, is exactly where the King above all kings chooses to set up his dwelling place. How strangely glorious.

Exodus 29:45: I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel, and will be their God.


Words & Music by Mark Wavle

A cold wind blows right through me
as if I am not here
And all that I think is my strength is gone
Oh, this shell that I am, so frail and weak
Gaping holes so big
you can see right through me
But this You choose for Your home
How strangely glorious

That You dwell within me oh God, my King
That You set up Your camp inside my soul
In this tottering tent You abide in me
How great, how great a mystery

Your holiness blows through me
and You are here
Oh, how I taste of Your sweet mercy in me
The very holes I try to cover up
Are the places where Your glory shines
And this You choose for Your home
How strangely glorious

What can I say?
What can I do?
With Him living inside of me…