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Glory to God
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1)
Glory to God
“Glory to God” “Glory Be to God,” “To God Be the Glory!
We have heard these expressions all the time especially when things are going right such as when we get a job promotion; when we get money from an unexpected source; when gas prices go down, when our children behave or when we get a good report from the doctor. We automatically say, “Glory to God.” Without thinking the words just come out of our mouth, "To God be the glory for the great things He has done.”
Do people really know what they are saying when they exclaim, “Glory to God!” Perhaps you say those words because you have heard someone else say them. Perhaps you say those words because you feel God wants to hear them. Perhaps you say them because you don’t know what else to say or perhaps they sound good at the time.
The Word 'Glory'
The word “Glory” is recorded in the Bible about 350 times and there are at least 50 references in the Psalms alone. No matter why you say these expressions, know that “glory” is a quality that should be given only to God. It is all right and even remarkable to say one of these expressions, but let them be said for one or more of these reasons.
- “Glory to God” is said when we give God the honor, the praise and the worship He deserves. In Exodus 3, when Moses met God at the burning bush, he showed honor to God by taking off his shoes because the ground on which he stood was holy ground. God’s glory is an expression of His holiness. When we say “Glory to God” we are acknowledging that God is real. We are agreeing with the host of heaven that God is holy.
- We say “Glory to God” when we acknowledge the beauty, the majesty and the splendor of God’s attributes and characteristics. According to Psalm19:1 even the heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the work of His hands. You acknowledge God’s splendor, and the manifestation of God’s character because God’s glory is the essence of all that He is. Isaiah saw a manifestation of this glory in Isaiah 6 when he went into the temple and He saw the Lord high and lifted up and the cloud filled the temple.
- We say “Glory to God” when we experience God’s presence and power. That’s God’s Skein glory. That’s the type of glory Moses asked God to show him. That's the type of glory Ezekiel experienced and he called it a wheel within a wheel.
Examples of God's Glory
In the wilderness, the Israelites were guided by God’s glory in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we were guided today by God’s glory? We can when we establish an intimate relationship with God.
On another occasion in Exodus 33, when Moses had visited with God, God’s glory was so powerful on Moses face that he had to wear a veil to keep the Israelites from falling under the power of God’s glory. Moses’ face was shining so brightly because of being in the presence of God that the people would stagger under the power. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our countenance would glow, too, because we have spent time with God?
In yet another instance, Moses told God, “Show me your glory.” No one has ever seen all of God’s glory and lived. It is just too awesome. It is too great for our eyes to handle the light that radiates from God. All of God’s glory is greater than we would be able to stand. So God showed Moses only his back and not all of His glory.
The world might be going mad. The world might be depressed and angry. The world might be upset because of what’s happening, but the Bible tells us "Rise, shine, for YOUR light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon YOU and his glory appears over YOU. Darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but God’s glory rises upon YOU and God’s glory appears over YOU."
We should accept no glory for ourselves. And we should not bestow glory on any human being.
The Bible says, “No flesh shall glory.”
When we think about God and His creation, we should say, “Glory to God.” When we think of God’s work of redemption through Jesus on the cross, we should say, “Glory to God.”
When we think of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins, we can exclaim, “Glory to God.” When we think about Jesus going into the belly of the earth and taking the keys from Satan, surely we can say, “Glory to God.” When we think of the day Jesus will return we can say, “Glory to God.”
Our chief purpose in life is to give God the glory. It should be part of our DNA to glorify God. But how do we do that? How do we give God all the glory?
- We give God the glory when we include Him in everything we do. We make no decision without hearing from God.
- We give God the glory when we follow His commands; when we are obedient to His word. Partial obedience is disobedience, delayed obedience is disobedience. We give God the glory when we accept His guidance at face value without negotiating or compromising. In Genesis 11, God told Abram to go to a place he would show him. In Genesis 12:1, the Bible says Abram went. And God showed favor with Abraham making him the father of many nations.
- We give God the glory through our adoration, praise, honor, and worship. Let us forever magnify God by giving Him the glory that’s due His name. And when we do that the glory of the Lord will rise upon us. The glory of the Lord will cover us when we acknowledge that the light has come. Who is that light? That light is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
We give glory to God by accepting His Son Jesus Christ. John 14:6 says, “No one comes unto the Father except through His Son.”
When Jesus was born, the angels exclaimed, “Glory to God in the Highest.” When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, God said that’s my son in whom I am well pleased. When Jesus was on Mount Transfiguration, His glory was revealed so much that Peter wanted to build three tabernacles there.
And just as Jesus taught His disciples to pray that Model Prayer, we pray today and every day for God's glory.
Thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the GLORY forever. Amen.