The Attributes of God: Glorious
What comes to your mind when you begin to dwell on the glory of God? Do you feel moved in any sort of emotional fashion? Does your brain go to think about it in regards to creation? The sun? The moon? The passing everyday of immortal creatures that are His very image bearers, though damaged by sin?
When the psalmist thought on the glory of God’s name, and Who He is, he praised Him saying, “Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” (Psalm 72:19).
What about us? What does it mean for God to be glorious and how do we understand His glory? This absolute is engraved in His living Word and through revelations we may or may not be aware of.
What Makes God Glorious?
The simple answer to this question would be because He is God: “God is in a class by Himself. He has infinite perfections, infinite greatness, and infinite worth.” This quote from John Piper is correct. God is glorious in the simple fact that He is beyond everything we could possibly find beautiful and lovely on this planet of ours. And beyond even that. He is the God of glory (Acts 7:2).
One way we can understand God’s glory is the complete sum of His absolutes. His glory cannot be added to nor can it be taken away from. It is of endless quality and magnitude. As it is with all of His perfections to fully understand the glory of God is impossible for us. But we can see this is something He’s always possessed. Our Savior Christ Jesus, in His High Priestly prayer to the Father in John 17:5, asked the Father to glorify Him in His Father’s presence with the glory He had with the Father before the world even began.
This is a statement that should draw our attention to the truth of the Trinity. We know Scripture tells us God shares His glory with no one but Himself (Isaiah 42:8). So, the Father and Son are One. The Father, Son, and Spirit are of One divine essence in unchangeable glory. No one is like Him. Nothing under heaven and earth is like God and cannot duplicate His glory. While all things He created on heaven and earth are beautiful, they are merely an extension of His glory and pale in comparison to the beauty and loveliness of who He is.
How Do We Glorify God?
We are given commands in Scripture to worship and glorify God (1 Chronicles 16:23-31). You’ll notice this is not simply a suggestion but a command which flows from the Old to New Testament. We bring Him glory in our praises, worship, and behavior, taking heed to what our Savior modeled for us in prayer in Matthew 6:9.
His name is to be hallowed. His holiness is His glory on display, and our salvation, in making unholy men holy in Christ, is a glorious thing. Our salvation glorifies God. Because it is an expression of who He is - gloriously merciful and loving to those who deserve nothing of the sort.
This should invoke worship in those He has redeemed. To the praise of His glorious grace (Ephesians 1:5-6).
When a Glorious God Extends His Glorious Grace
When we behold the glory of God, we in turn realize how inglorious we are. Think about how Isaiah responded when he saw the glory of the Lord in the temple (Isaiah 6:1-7). He cried, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
What does God’s glory to do a man? It undoes him. It causes him to look upon the beauty and majesty of God and see himself as filth. Why is this? Because everything that is put in comparison to God is filth. But instead of leaving us there in our filth and decay, our glorious God extended us repentance and refuge in His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
We, who are in Christ, are now a part of His body, and He has exchanges our rags of unrighteousness for robs of imputed glory. Yes, we share in the Son, as sons and daughters of the Most High God. And Christ has won us to His praise and glory, which He is due and we give forevermore. Through the Son’s glory, we come to know the Father in a way that we within ourselves simply cannot. And one day, we will be glorified with Him, to enjoy Him forever. For that is the reason we are created.
The answer for the greatest question in life, “Why are we here?” comes in short form: to glorify God, the God of glory, and enjoy Him forever.
Born and raised in Texas, Emerald Zimny enjoys coffee, books, and spending time with loved ones. Her favorite breed of dog is a Corgi, and she loves listening to smooth jazz while learning a new word a day from the dictionary. Her heroes in the faith are Elisabeth Elliot, R.C. Sproul Sr., and John MacArthur.