Upon hearing the word “glory,” some of us might envision a shining bright light, a majestic sunrise, or think of the uproarious applause of adoring fans at the close of some Olympic event. But, what is really meant when we talk about the glory of God?
In the Scriptures, the word “glory” simply means “weightiness” or “heaviness”, and carries the idea of “value” along with it. Back in the day, people paid for things by measuring out a particular weight of gold or silver—“worth it’s weight in gold” is a phrase we still use today.
God’s glory is so much more than a bright light, or fame and attention.
His glory is heavy.
His presence is weighty.
His value is immeasurable.
It is enough to bring the prophet Isaiah to his knees and declare, “Woe is me! For I am undone!” (Isaiah 6:5). In its purest form, God’s glory is dangerous and deadly to us, as God declares to Moses that no man shall see His face and live (Exodus 33:20).
And yet, by the grace of God given to us in Jesus, we have an invitation to see and behold God’s glory. In fact, the glory of the Lord is the transforming agent in the life of the Christian. Paul says to the church,
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image from one degree of
glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:18
This Sunday, we will be singing a song called Your Glory, by All Sons & Daughters. As we sing the verse,
My life is Yours
My hope is in You only
My heart You hold
For you made this sinner holy
let’s remember that we were once lost sinners, unable to handle God’s glory. But now, because of Jesus, we are made pure and holy in God’s sight and have access into His glorious presence. We can see His goodness and His greatness. The more we consider how much we owed God, and look at the hefty price that God paid for us by giving up Jesus, His one and only Son, as a sacrifice for us, the more we will see Him as valuable and worthy of our praise and adoration.
Then, we can truly cry out together,
Your glory is so beautiful
I fall down to my knees in awe
in response to what God in His greatness has done for us through Jesus.