In part 3 of the Fear of the Lord (July 11, 2021 post) we discussed preparedness for the release of God’s glory. After that post I didn’t feel like I had sufficient knowledge or understanding of the glory of God and, so, I’m in the middle of a study into the subject. Can I share my early thoughts?
Why is it so hard to define God’s glory? If God is Spirit, the glory of his nature and character is internal and unknowable to us. Yet the heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1) and the whole earth is full of His glory (Isaiah 6:3). God has made His internal glory known to us. If glory is a word to describe God’s character, nature, plans and actions how can man possibly describe the glory of God? His love passes knowledge (Ephesians 3:9), His peace is beyond our understanding (Philippians 4:1) and His wisdom we cannot know where it comes from and where is the place of its understanding (Job 28:20). As we begin this journey, I have an understanding in my heart that there are many lenses (endless lenses) through which we can examine the glory of God. Father in heaven send Your Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and understanding.
In Psalm 19 we are told that the heavens have a voice declaring God’s glory day and night so we must be able to know God’s glory. Further, Paul tells us that ever since the creation of the world God’s invisible nature and attributes, that is His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernable in and through the things that have been made (creation) (problem solved; Romans 1:20-24).
It is clear to me from these passages that it is God’s desire to reveal His glory to us, to bring us into intimacy with this unimaginable God and finally to be one with Him at the resurrection. Unbelievable love!
One last scriptural lesson. When Moses asked to see God’s glory God said ‘I will show you who I Am’ (Exodus 33:18). So, when we pursue God’s glory, God will show us who He is and will do more than engage our minds in knowledge of Him, He will also engage our hearts to have affection for Him.
How does God manifest His glory? In creation, in the scriptures, in His provision for us and greatest of all in redemption (reference 2 below). There must be many other lenses because His glory is inexhaustible but let’s start here and ask God to show us more of His glory.
Written by John and Shirley Ray, edited and posted by Joel Ratcliffe