Glory – God’s Glory

glo·ry

  1. exaltation: the fame, admiration, and honor that is given to somebody who does something important
  2. achievement: something that brings or confers admiration, praise, honor, or fame
  3. praise of deity: praise and thanksgiving offered as an act of worship to a deity

Synonyms: magnificence, splendor, beauty, wonder, grandeur, brilliance, exaltation

Kabod (original language of the translated glory) – abundance, honor, riches, burden, wealth, splendor, reflect, ponder

Some words just don’t translate well.  Psalm 29 …Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength, Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name….  Well we obviously aren’t strengthening the Lord any more than we could provide Him with any glory.  His nature is glorious.  He is the source of kabod.  However, we can certainly honor God with our obedience.  We can certainly praise Him, our creator.

God’s glory is poured out on all creation.  It is not something we possess and therefore can give, but it is from God.  He pours out His grace on us and displays His glory around us.  As followers of Christ Jesus we are to reflect God’s glory to display Him to others around us.  You can see Him in all creation if you have eyes to see; the beauty of the world, the preciousness of each human face.  You can see Him in the face of true followers of Christ; you see His love overflowing, His goodness, His mercy.  We are not to try and keep His glory or claim it for our own but rather return it to Him – point others to the source of the glory, God – not us.  Give to God what is His.

Yesterday, driving in the bitterness of winter, winds howling, snow blowing, the snow was lit up by the sun creating a magical wonderland of crystals swirling through the air.  God’s beauty and His glory are all around.  This frozen morning in the early light just before dawn, a hawk sitting watchful in the back yard tree, the sun streaming up over the horizon signaling the beginning of a new day – of life, breath, and promise.

Hawk 1 (1 of 1)Slowing down the pace of life – unplugging from electronic devices long enough to sit quietly with God so he can open your eyes to His glory.  Be in awe of your Creator.

“Be still, and know that I am God.

          I will be exalted among the nations,

          I will be exalted in the earth!”  (Psalm 46:10 ESV)

Knowing and loving God draws you to hunger for more of Him and to reflect more of His glory.  We demonstrate God’s glory when we are obedient to His word.  His yoke is light and He gives rest to our souls.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

Thank you Lord, for loving me.  Lord today I will sit a while at your feet and learn from you.  Help me to not be deceived by the things of this world.  Help me to reflect Your glory.  Amen.

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