“so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Everything in creation exists for the glory of God, including ourselves. Whatever we do, we are to do for the glory of God. We spread the gospel for the glory of God. We obey God’s word for the glory of God. We submit to those who are over us and we endure suffering and persecution for the glory of God. But what does it mean to glorify God and how can we become better at it?
To glorify God means to acknowledge His glory and to value it above all things. To glorify God means we make it known to others. To glorify God means we have a heartfelt gratitude. We glorify God through our faith (trust). We glorify God through our love. We glorify God through our desire to obey Him (our obedience). We glorify God through our desire to know Him.
When man boasts about himself, we think he has an ego problem, and rightly so. Do you think it was selfish of God to create us for His glory? Your answer to that question reveals what you think about Him.
If you think it was selfish of Him, it is a sign that you do not truly appreciate who He is and what He has done for us. His unselfishness was shown in the loving act of sending His only Son into the world to die for us. Would a selfish God give Himself for what He has created? No. He didn’t have to do anything for us. He could have let justice fall, and we would never have been able to experience the joy of knowing Him. But we were created not just to glorify God but to have an intimate relationship with Him. We are to glorify Him because we can never repay what He has done for us.
When Jesus healed a man blind from birth, the Pharisees attempted to discredit Jesus while still appearing to honor God. “So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, ‘Give glory to God by telling the truth, because we know Jesus is a sinner’” (John 9:24). Hoping to break the man’s testimony, the Jews badgered him. The former beggar chose safe ground, his own experience. This man’s open confession provided the weight of simple truth behind it, giving glory to God.
By concealing the truth we fail to give glory to God, incurring His wrath. The prophet, Jeremiah, urged God’s people to repent and confess their pride. “Listen! Do not be proud, for the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God before it is too late . . .” (Jeremiah 13:15-17). Offering God our “second best” in worship, profanes the name of the Lord. As a faithful Levite, Malachi, notes the deceit of the priests as well as the laymen by offering corrupt, i.e. blemished sacrifices (Malachi 1:13-14). Once again God demanded the truth. “If you will not hear, and if you will not take it to heart, to give glory to My name,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. . .’” (Malachi 2:2 NKJV). In Revelation, the gospel of everlasting truth is to be proclaimed by all creation–-to give glory to God. In the heavens, an angel appears to the apostle John: “‘Fear God,’ he shouted, ‘Give glory to him [God] . . .’” (Revelation 14:6-7). The very foundations of the antichrist in the world shook as God’s judgment fell upon those who rejected the truth. Those who denied God’s glory and power blasphemed with lies. “They cursed the name of God . . . They did not repent and give him glory” (Revelation 16:8-9).
In Psalm 96, all earth is summoned to give glory to God. When Christ completed His work on earth, He entered into His glory in heaven. Clothed in robes of majesty and crowned in glory, the beauty of holiness is personified in Christ Jesus (Psalm 96:4-9). The psalmist, David, seems to be summoning the angels to give glory to God as well, worshipping Him in the beauty of His holiness. Even in thunder and storms, God’s glory resounds (Psalm 29:1-3).
Scripture of the day: Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:29
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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