The Glory of God
July 22, 2011 6 Comments
I have been studying the glory of God over the last week or so and I am convinced that my view of what glory is all about has been way too small. I think I have confused glory as just a synonym for amazing but it is far more than that. I have eaten some amazing steaks, heard some amazing songs, etc…but that is a far cry from any of that being glorious. In Hebrew the word for glory means worthy of honor or majesty. The word kavod and the word for heavy have the same root. Someone who receives glory is someone who has substance. If you think about the presence of God this makes sense. When God is present in scripture he leaves no room for people to wonder about it. God’s presence is obvious and powerful. In Greek the word (doxa) has a similar meaning worthy of honor or magnificent. But there is some added meaning in Greek. The word can also mean radiant or brilliantly shining (Luke 2:9 & 9:31).
When we glorify God we magnify him because He is magnificent. We don’t add to his glory. We don’t make God more worthy with our praise. In fact, Jesus taught that God doesn’t even need our praise in order to receive glory because even the rocks will cry out if we refuse to give God the glory He deserves (Luke 19:40)! God is glorious whether we recognize it or not. One of the results of living a sinful life can be the hardening of our hearts toward recognizing the glory of God. In doing so we give glory to the created rather than the creator (Rom 1:23).
Everyone gives glory to something and it is up to us to make sure that in our lives we give honor to the only one honor is due and that is God. If we find our lives give glory to another, whether it is self, an addiction, or anything else, it is imperative that we recognize who God is and what He has done so that we can respond by giving Him the glory He deserves. More on glory to come…