"For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen."
"Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness."
This morning the fact that Paul ended his worship at the same place David began caught my attention. The idea of beginning and ending my time of study and prayer by declaring God's glory is entirely appropriate. Two quotes come to mind immediately when I think of glorifying God. The first is from the Westminister Shorter Catechism, "Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." The second is from John Piper, "God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him." These quotes were written long after David and Paul went home, but I am confident they would be in agreement with both.
After eleven chapters of a full and thorough explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ based upon the Old Testament, Paul glorifies God. Following his examination of God's hand in human history, Paul's conclusion is "Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!" Paul worships and honors the Lord based upon His revelation of Himself through His Word. David begins his prayer declaring the LORD is worthy of glory and honor because of who He is and what He does. God speaks, and His creation responds. Just as God spoke creation into existence, He speaks now, and His creation responds. David worships and honors God based upon the revelation of Himself through His creation.
So, since I, like David and Paul, was created to glorify God, what is glory? John Piper defines God's glory as "His infinite and awesome greatness and worth." The Hebrew word translated as glory is kabod which means heaviness, weight, importance, significance, and honor. The Greek word translated as glory is doxa which means something unusually excellent and deserving of honor. The root word for doxa means to count for something or to be of repute.
We all desire kabod and doxa. We want our lives to have weight, in the sense of substance. We want significance, to count for something, to be of repute and to be deserving of honor. Has anyone ever treated you as if you didn't matter as if you had no weight, substance or significance much less worthy of honor or repute?
To glorify God is to realize He deserves this recognition so far beyond what any human deserves it is not even in the same category. David and Paul understood God's infinite, awesome greatness and worth both in His creation and in His Word. Therefore, they praised and glorified Him as only He is worthy.
Worthy are you, our LORD and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things and by your will, they existed and were created. Holy Spirit, lead me to glorify my Lord and Savior every time I spend time in His Word. Father God, forgive me for acting as if You did not matter; for treating You as insignificant. That is the action of a fool, not a son or an heir. Thank You, Jesus, for displaying the worth, glory and honor of Your Father and our Father, Your God and our God. I desire to be completely satisfied in Him so that He will be most glorified in me.