Summary: We sing about the glory of God. We speak about experiencing the glory of God. We do all kinds of different things and claim that it is “All done to the glory of God”. But do we really understand it?
20, November 2005
Dakota Community Church
The Glory of God
We sing about.
We speak about experiencing it.
We do different things “All to the glory of God”.
We say we want it, that we want to bring it to His name.
When someone compliments us on an act of Christian service we respond with, “Glory to God.”
But do we really understand it?
1. What is the Glory of God?
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
In Strong’s Concordance you will find this is Hebrew word #3519 – “kabowd” – (kaw-bode) meaning weight (as in significance), splendor, or copiousness.
So then the glory of God is:
a.) The “weight” or significance of God.
When you get one of those insights or have one of those experiences that children of the sixties would have described as “heavy man”. That is a manifestation of the glory of God.
When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, "Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it." He was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven."
b.) The splendor of God.
This is the brightness, brilliance, ceremony, dazzle, display, effulgence, gorgeousness, grandeur, luster, magnificence, majesty, pageant, radiance, renown, resplendence, richness, stateliness, sumptuousness of God.
1Kings 8: 10-11
When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the LORD. And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple.
c.) The copiousness of God.
This one is about God’s abundance. During the spring of 1997 the Red River Valley had a copious supply of water. Get the picture.
Here are the synonyms and antonyms from my thesaurus:
Synonyms: alive with, ample, aplenty, bounteous, bountiful, crawling with, extensive, exuberant, full, galore, generous, heavy, lavish, liberal, lush, luxuriant, no end, overflowing, plenteous, plentiful, plenty, profuse, prolix, replete, rich, superabundant, thick with, verbose, wordy
Antonyms: lacking, meager, rare, scant, scarce, sparse
So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, "In the evening you will know that it was the LORD who brought you out of Egypt, and in the morning you will see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your grumbling against him.
2. Are you recognizing God’s Glory?
If the whole earth is filled with God’s glory then we, as God’s people, ought to be noticing it all the time.
The LORD replied, "I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, not one of the men who saw my glory and the miraculous signs I performed in Egypt and in the desert but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times- not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their forefathers. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.
1Chronicles 29: 11-13
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
I think our religious traditions hinder us from recognizing the glory of God. We think that it is something that happens in church.
The most powerful memories I have of the Glory of God are from outside church.
- My first serious date with Kathy.
- In the birthing room.
- Baptizing Jim.
- Swimming with the youth in Ponhook Lake.
Troy and I have been getting together for coffee on Tuesday afternoons when he has a spare class. This past week the coffee shop was deserted except for the two of us and one other student. She was lost in her studies. (Laptop open, books and notes everywhere) As we were sitting there talking I couldn’t help but notice a young law student come in and sit near her, he struck up a conversation and I overheard little snippets of it, “Oh I guess I would consider dating a lawyer if he weren’t to high intensity.”