All the works of Gods hands, His creation, gives Him glory. The shining stars at night, the purple mountains, the grand plains, the vast oceans, and the abundance of living creatures give God glory. And, if we are attuned to Gods creation, we praise and worship God, that is, give Him glory, for his astounding creation. Complementing each other, Gods glory is reflected in believers praise of Him.
Given the creation, God has worked a myriad of wonders in developing His plan of salvation for His potential children. He flooded the Earth to rid the planet of the basest of evil doers, He plagued the idolatrous Egyptians until they let His people go, He parted the Red Sea to allow His people to escape the grasping Egyptian armies, and filled Mount Sinai with His glory with the giving of the Ten Commandments.
These and the myriad of wonders Our Father in Heaven did for the humans He created in His image demonstrated His glory, as well as gave reasons for people to believe in Him and follow His Way of life instead of the ways of death foisted on gullible people by the false god and usurping ruler of Earth, the demon Satan. Once people recognize Gods glory and wish to acknowledge Him as the Creator of the world, they walk in the ways of life and do good. For others, seeing they do not believe, hearing they ignore, and speaking they blaspheme. Gods glory finds no appreciation in the self-willed, but the humble worship the Creator with all their hearts.
Hear the Voice of the Lord and Live
While the wonders of the universe of Our Father in Heaven and His great marvels give some hint of the glory of God, He knew that He had to give people insight into who He is and what His Laws (not the physical laws which scientists can often figure out) are. So Our Father in Heaven revealed Himself by speaking His Words of life to various prophets and patriarchs over the ages. One of the most important ideas Our Father in Heaven explained to deceptive and naïve people that what He says is true and unerring. Through the ages, critics of God try to prove otherwise but cannot succeed.
Gods truth is embodied in the Ten Commandments, which He spoke to Moses and Israel, originally kept in the Ark of the Covenant. Our Father in Heaven expanded and illustrated these Words of Truth in the various books of the Bible. With these words branded on peoples hearts, just as they were etched in stone by the fiery finger of God, they can lead a person to righteousness. Once these words have no home in the heart or somewhere to be studied, Gods glory, too, vanishes.
Psa. 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.
1Sam. 4:22 She said, The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God was taken.
Understand the Riches of Gods Glory
Gen. 1:3 Then God said, Let there be light; and there was light.
Gods first command helps us to understand where Gods glory comes from. While physical light is the essential ingredient of creation, its spiritual implications far out weigh its material. Just as the light emanating from the sun or the secondary sources allows us to see the riches of the world, the enlightenment we receive from the light of the Word lights the road less taken leading to eternal light and life.
Eph. 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His in-heritance in the saints,
Unfortunately, the world languishes in spiritual darkness stemming from demonic deceits and deceptions. But, when the light of the gospel shines forth in the path of believers, the light de-stroys the darkness. As said, it is better to light one candle than curse the darkness. That candle of light is found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. His words and actions chase demonic darkness into some black hole at the other end of the galaxy. Gods light helps us walk safely in both the physical and spiritual realms.
2Cor. 4:6 For God, who said, Light shall shine out of darkness, is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
2Cor. 4:4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Glorify God in Word
Since God gains glory by His Words, we, thus, can glorify Him by our words. We can pray prayers of praise as did David and the other psalmists, or we can reiterate Our Father in Heavens words. If our words edify people, if our words give God honor, if our words recommend us as made in Gods image, we indeed give God great glory. And there are many ways to praise God. We tell of His glory, praise His holy name, and extol His miraculous deeds. Finally, we can offer a sacrifice of praise to give God glory.
1Chr. 16:10 Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Rom. 4:20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
1Chr. 16:24 Tell of His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
1Chr. 16:28 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Psa. 50:23 He who offers a sacrifice of thanks-giving honors Me;
And to him who orders his way aright
I shall show the salvation of God.
1Pet. 4:11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
No God, No Glory
God visits disasters on blaspheming unbelievers who disdain His glory. When the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments departed from Israel, Gods glory went as well. Without His glory, that is, the light of His Law, people founder in darkness and do great damage to themselves because they cannot see. Just as Israel refused to abide by Gods glory and were made to wander in the wilderness, several times in fact, the latest for couple of millennia in the diaspora, so too, do people in the gloom of ignorance live the purposeless lives of goalless wanderers.
1Sam. 4:22 She said, The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God was taken.
Num. 14:22 Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice,
Trials and Testing Bring Glory to God
So many seeming difficult and terrible things seem to happen to Gods people. Noah built an ark in the middle of nowhere and no-where near any water. Abraham waited twenty-five years to have Isaac by whom the promises would come. And these trials were really mild compared to what follows. Egyptians take Joseph as a slave to their land where he ends up in jail for a time. Famine is visited upon the whole region of his family and Egypt. When the family comes to stay in Egypt, they end up as slaves for four hundred years, and who is to say how many were tortured and killed during that period. Moses, who was to be Gods agent to set them free, wandered in the mountains for forty years. And when he finally returned to Egypt, God plagued the land, but not the Israelites after a time. When released, the tribes of Israel traveled the desert for forty years. We can go on, but you can read about them in Hebrews 11. Lastly, we can take Jesus, Gods beloved, who was beaten more fiercely than any other and finally died a horrid death. What do we say about all this? Jesus learned obedience by what he suffered. God disciplines, not beyond our ability to handle it, sometimes severely, but always for the per-sons, our, good. To God a persons character outweighs any inconvenience a person might go through.
Phil. 2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He hum-bled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Ex. 20:20 Moses said to the people, Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.
Deut. 4:34 Or has a god tried to go to take for himself a nation from within another nation by trials, by signs and wonders and by war and by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm and by great terrors, as the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
1Pet. 1:7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
Stand by Those in Trials
Briefly, we ought not to rejoice in anothers suffering, but rather empathize. Cry with them, and commiserate. We must act differently than Jobs friends when he went through his trials and told him he deserved the approbation because he was a bad boy. God got very annoyed with these friends.
Phil. 1:29 For to you it has been granted for Christs sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
Rev. 2:10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and
and I will give you the crown of life.
Rom. 8:16 The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
Rom. 8:17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
Heb. 12:5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD,
NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;
Heb. 12:6 FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,
AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.
Heb. 12:7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
Heb. 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Indeed, childbirth is not without pain, but mother soon forgets what she went through after she has her baby and lives with him or her. Paul says that his suffering was nothing compared to the Kingdom of God. To the firemen and policemen who risk their lives and health to save victims their danger and suffering does not compare to the good they would do for others. When only health and safety are important, people fear to take risks to achieve something greater. When fear ends, true living begins.
Rom. 8:18 ¶ For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Rom. 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
Rom. 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we our-selves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
Anyway, sooner or later, death comes to all after that the resurrection. Day by day, the body declines, but the inner person of the spirit grows stronger and more righteous as the body decays. No ones body will go into the Kingdom of God, but that inner person of the spirit will go into eternity. And, after Our Father in Heaven forms that perfect character within, any trials and suffering will be long forgotten.
2Cor. 4:16 ¶ Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
1Pet. 5:10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
But, dont worry Our Father in Heaven never brings trials and suffer beyond what a person can endure.
1Cor. 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able [to handle].
Glorify God by Deeds
Actually, reading, thinking, and speaking are meaningless because what a person believes is only shown by what he does. You know, actions speak louder than words. Our Father in Heavens glory is shown by what He did from the Creation to the resurrection of His beloved Son. If a person truly wants to give Our Father in Heaven deserved glory, it must be by his doing good. In spite of the fact that Our Father in Heaven lays out all the things a believer must do, their doing them still gives Him glory. Still, there are people who understand the profound good Our Father in Heaven has done and return His love with theirs. Our Father in Heaven knew from the beginning of time that these people, no, His People, would be loyal and faithful to Him forever and receive the first fruits of His largess.
1Cor. 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or what-ever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Col. 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Heb. 13:21 equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
If a person really believes God is his Father in Heaven, he must behave as a loyal son or daughter. Since he represents his Fa-ther, he will truly give example that will make his Father proud and show the world how a true child of God acts. Believers are concerned with doing Gods will alone, not puffing up their own egos. That gives God glory.
1Th. 2:12 so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
When a persons character is fully formed by Our Father in Heavens efforts, then he will achieve the final glory being transformed into the image of Jesus. From the beginning Our Father in Heaven chose several individuals to be a part of His family in this age, from Jesus death and resurrection to His final return. These believers become members of the God-Family and citizens in the Kingdom of God. Notice, the scripture (following) does not say subjects but citizens, which implies choice not subjugation.
Phil. 3:21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
Matt. 17:2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.
Giving God glory demonstrates a persons willingness to acknowledge Our Father in Heavens Truth and love. Therefore, believers worship Our Father in Heaven in thought, word and deed, which then redound to their glory from God.