Maybe it is because I grew up in the private school bubble, or because by the time I hit 13 I had heard the story of David and Goliath around 100 times, but there have always been certain Christian terms and specifically, characteristics of God that just go right over my head whenever I hear them. Terms like grace, faith, sovereign, Lord – they fall right out of my mouth and it takes a conscious effort for me to pause and reflect, “But what does that even mean?” God’s glory used to be one of those terms for me. Maybe it is for you too. It’s one of those we use each day (in our Christianese) but don’t really sit down and ask ourselves, “What does this mean?”
Like any Biblical term, a good place to start in understanding the true meaning of God’s glory is to go directly to the Bible. And my hope is that in reading the Scriptures given to us over the last week or so, we have begun to see that God’s glory is all over Scripture. It is involved in every story. It is the centerpiece of every narrative. As 1 Corinthians tells us, it is the reason we do every last thing that we do.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
~1 Corinthians 10:31
But what exactly is it? God has many incredible qualities and it is our desire to dig a little deeper into some of these during the month of February. He is a fortress and a refuge, He is sovereign, He is wise. Consider that He is also loving, gracious, merciful, just, kind, and gentle (I could go on but unfortunately, I do have a word limit). And friends, this is exactly what God’s glory is. It is Him. It is His goodness and holiness on display. It is His sovereignty and wisdom at work. He is protection and our provision. It is the fullness and wholeness of who He is at all times. This is God and we see His glory all through the pages of Scripture!
Creation clearly declares, gives testament, and is filled with God’s holiness:
“Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” ~Isaiah 6:2-3 (emphasis mine)
The story of Israel is one where God’s mercy and power are seen time and time again:
“Yet he saved them for his name’s sake, to make his mighty power known.”
Our very salvation is a beautiful love story that was written for the praise of God’s glory:
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” ~Ephesians 1:13-14 (emphasis mine)
We see throughout Scripture, that the cause and the means behind every act, every kindness, every ounce of mercy and grace is God’s infinite glory. That the world would know of His goodness, that an undeserving people would be able to receive His mercy, that those who were once His enemies would be allowed the privilege of taking part in His holiness. God’s glory is the essence of who He is, and as His children, it should be the essence of our lives.
For some, God doing things for His own glory could seem selfish, or even prideful. However, when we properly understand God’s glory for what it is, we see that it is actually the least selfish thing we will know in this life. God’s glory is what makes life good, it is what makes us righteous, it is what gives us purpose and hope. God’s glory is ultimately the sweetest gift to the Christian life and is what eternal life is all about.
“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” ~John 17:3 (emphasis mine)
May we as women of the Word bask in His glory, be sharers of His glory, and never let a day go by that we do not submit to His glory.
“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” ~ Romans 11:36
Worship Song – We have shared 2 versions of this song. Take time to listen and turn your thoughts and heart toward the Lord. We trust your soul will be refreshed as you sit in God’s presence and reflect on His glory today.
Nothing Else (Live from Passion Conference) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG5kF-a42Cc
Nothing Else (lyrics only) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BhTAJ49MQ0