The Glory of God

26 06 2013

I am doing  study on the Glory of God. We hear the phrase all the time and have often said that we do such-and-such for the glory of God. Do we really know what that means? Do we really understand what the glory of God is? This Biblical subject is worthy of closer examination. In one blog post it is hard to condense its size, so let me just take one aspect of it- fear.

I know that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). I know that we are to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:3). Many in the world have no fear of God before their eyes (Romans 3:18). Believers in Christ should not only love one another, but also fear God (I Peter 2:17). It is a concept in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and it is all related to the glory of God. When we realize the reality of the glory of God, it brings the fear of God into focus.

Exodus 24:17  And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

 1 Kings 8:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.

Mark 13:26  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.

It has rightfully been stated that this fear is a reverential respect for God; standing in awe of His greatness. I believe it goes even deeper. I believe it is a fear of the glory of God as we stand as sinful men before His person and presence. It is a trembling fear and downright terror of His greatness and holiness. We want to view God as a soft and fuzzy thought of comfort who wants to meet our every need, cater to our deepest wants, and fulfill our greatest dreams. It’s all about us. God is a heavenly grandfather who knows what is best for us and desires to spoil us with His goodness. While these are very comforting thoughts and true to a certain extent, He is also God and we exist because of Him. It is not about us.

“Glory” is literally defined as “weightiness”, a picture of the completeness of God, a big picture of His greatness. It is His riches, authority, bigness, beauty, perfection, majesty, splendor and brightness often associated with His presence. It tells of the Creator of the Universe who speaks and His word is fulfilled. There is nothing it could be compared to or even be like. All creation trembles at the mention of His glory…except man. We whisper to God a brief prayer and are glad He is on our side. He is more, infinitely more than what little He is given credit for. After just a brief study in the Word of God of the glory of God I sense my ungrateful, selfish, rebellious, sinful pride and realize how far short I am to the glory of God (Romans 3:23). I tremble. I fear. I run to the gracious shelter of the Savior, realizing that He will one day return in His glory.

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