And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, ye have sinned a great sin; and now I will go up unto the Lord; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.
This “being for the people to God-ward” became more and more characteristic of the life of Moses.
Whenever the people cried unto him, he prayed unto the Lord. When the spirit of revolt spread through the camp he fell upon his face.
When it seemed likely that the whole nation must perish for their sin, he stood in the breach and besought the Lord, and turned away the destruction that hung over them like a lurid cloud.
Twice for forty days their interests detained him in the holy mount. And in the long years after he is classed with Samuel as one who had stood before God for his people. – F.B. Meyer.
Reader – art thou “for the people to God-ward”? It is a great ministry involving great responsibilities, but is it not for this ministry that we are taught how to pray? Let us not shrink from the task but gratefully take it up for the world’s sake.
– Daily Meditations for Prayer