“But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” – Acts 7:55.
If you are like me, there are times when a worship song just hits me. The music is powerful, uplifting and glorious, all at the same time. It evaded my understanding, but the presence of God seemed so real at that moment. I didn’t want the song or the chills to end. In those moments, I felt like I had experienced the presence of God in all His amazing glory. But then I was reminded that the song and that emotional moment captured is less than a drop in the never-ending ocean that is the glory of God. Glory isn’t a part of God; it’s all that God is. Every aspect of who God is and every part of what God does is glorious; even God’s glory is glorious. it gives me goosebumps to even think about it.
Defining the glory of God is impossible because God’s glory lives above and beyond any type of description or definition. The answer is as infinite as God’s glory itself, so the question can never be answered exhaustively. Now when Isaiah 6:3 says that one angel is crying to another, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,” the next thing he says is this: “The whole earth is filled with his . . . ” People could guess that the next word would be “holiness,” but he doesn’t say that. He says, “glory.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 says, “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” Hebrews 1:3 adds, “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.”
The scriptures tell us: ”[He] has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale? … all the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket. [to Him] …[He] spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them.” (Isaiah 40: 12, 15, 22). The prophet is attempting to give God’s glory some scale through word pictures, but even these very picturesque and helpful descriptions fall miserably short of capturing the awesome glory of God. God’s glory encompasses the greatness, beauty, and perfection of all that He is. There is none like Him; He has no rivals, and no valid comparisons can be made to Him. He is beyond our ability to estimate, understand or describe.
There is one activity that Scripture associates far more than any other with glorifying God, and that is worship. At its heart, worship ascribes all glory to God alone. We can glorify God in many ways, but Scripture indicates that nothing we do delights God more than calling on His name with sincere hearts and declaring that all glory belongs to him.
- The definition of glorifying God is: To honor God by our lives showing His splendor, love, and perfection, that His presence is seen in us. In what ways does the believer do this in everyday life?
- What can we do this week to glorify God?