Glory Beheld, Glory Given

What do you think about when you hear the word ‘glory’? What about ‘God’s glory’?

Really. Take a minute – What do you think of?

Glory can carry a sense of renown or fame, praise and worship, brightness and splendor. That’s a broad range. Glory can be used to describe God, but also to worship Him in the sense of giving Him glory.

In the Old Testament, God’s glory appeared to the Israelites on their journey in the wilderness (Exodus 16:10) and in a devouring fire upon Mt. Sinai (Exodus 24:16). In the New Testament, God’s glory shone as the shepherds received word of the King’s birth (Luke 2:9). Jesus was also described as being God’s glory in the flesh, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

Just as God’s glory appeared to the Israelites, I believe it can be seen today – every day. When the sun rises and sets, painting the sky with irreplaceable beauty. I believe it’s an expression of God’s glory. “You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.” Psalm 65:8.

There’s something about God’s glory that intrigues me. Perhaps it’s because, for me, glory seems to be something that’s impossible to grasp and fully understand. It’s something that can be seen, but challenging to embody with just words. It can’t be contained, except by one – The Lord. He is glory.

But not only are we able to witness God’s glory, we are also meant give God Glory. “Rise and shine, and give God the glory, glory! Rise and shine, and give God the glory, glory! Rise and shine and, give God the glory, glory, children of the Lord!” I’m guessing by the second exclamation mark, you were singing. Do you remember this song from your childhood? (If not it’s okay, a quick google search will get you there.) More than just a children’s song, it’s what we are created to do.

“I will say to the north, give up, and to the south, do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6-7

Even the heavenly hosts give glory to God. In Luke 2:13-14 the heavenly hosts shout and reveal God’s glory, “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.”

Glory is something to behold and witness; and glory is something to give away, to God.

Praise is powerful, and just like the heavenly host it’s one way we can give God glory. How might you behold and give glory to God this day? It doesn’t have to sound like a chorus of angels, what matters is where that glory is directed. Rise and shine!

Lord, how may I glorify you today?

 “You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.” Psalm 65:8.  Photo by Sebastien Gabriel on Unsplash





Truth & Glory

Over the past couple of years the word glory has been peaking my curiosity.  And after studying it out a bit, the word now holds a different light and understanding for me.  It is this new understanding which supplied the inspiration for the name Glory Abides.  When I began to think of the ‘why’ behind writing a blog, it was because I wanted to teach, explore writing, and a love for the truth behind 2 Corinthians 3:18 where it says ‘from glory to glory’ or ‘from one degree of glory to another.’  We are being transformed, from glory, to glory because of the Holy Spirit!  I’m looking forward to sharing more on this in the future.

The Greek word for glory is doxa, and it means to honor, worship; the unspoken manifestation of God.  Then the next little bit of the definition takes us to a different place; opinion (always good), hence praise, honor & glory.  Opinion (always good).  This last little bit intrigues me. Upon a little more digging the word, doxa, also comes from the base word of dokeō which means forming or to have an opinion, appear, I think or seem.

As I begin to understand this word, glory, my personal working definition looks like this, “praise resulting from a good and accurate opinion or estimate.”  And, it’s always good.  ALWAYS.  It’s our the praise to God that results from a good and accurate opinion of God and truth.

Currently, my Monday night Ladies Bible Study is working through Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God study.  It is super powerful and God is using this study in awesome ways!  I highly recommend it, no matter where you are in your faith walk.  We’ve learned about several other groups doing this study right now, including some beautiful ladies in Swaziland!  So as we begin each session in prayer, I am gratefully aware of His heavenly army of Warrior Princesses tucked all over this beautiful planet. 

One of the first things we studied was the belt of truth.  And I love how Priscilla describes truth.  She tells us that truth is God’s opinion on any matter.  That’s practical to me, it sticks.  I can explore God’s opinion on any matter by reading scripture, and take what I think out of the equation.  I have thoughts, but do they line up with what God says about it?  Truth can be the ultimate filter as we do life.

As I worked through day one of the second week of this study, we were asked to recall the definition of truth and write it in our own words.  Well, I just wrote Priscilla’s definition…it was so good and simple!  ”God’s opinion on any matter”.  But now, when I hear the word opinion in reference to scripture, I’ve started to think of God’s glory.

A question began to swirl around me as we studied about truth being God’s opinion and it’s impact on us spiritually as we live life.  ‘What would glory look like in a particular situation?’  When I’m quickly plunged into circumstances which requires a response, sometimes a quick question to ask myself is helpful; a filter, before I do or say something which is less than desirable.  What would glory look like here?  How can I reflect God’s glory?  And in turn, I hope that my response would reflect God because I’ve girded myself with truth, God’s opinion and not my own clouded in judgement or finite experiences.  What would glory look like, act like, or think like?  I must, in my human understanding, trust and believe the true opinion of God.  Truth.

What would glory look like here?  Would it reflect light, love and peace to others?  Would it be glorifying to God?  I’m looking forward to testing this question!