The Glory of God
As we return to our study of the “Book You Can Trust” please consider an unnamed hill, surrounded by sheep contentedly munching their grass, a handful of shepherds as they witnessed the greatest sound and light show ever staged. God's birth announcement filled the front page of the sky that night. The only ones He found that were in tune were the humble shepherds. There, watching lambs destined for sacrifice, came word of the ultimate lamb. And when it came how did God word it? Look at Luke 2:7-15.
But why did God do that? What is all this Glory to God about? Our precious portion of scripture to meditate upon in our study this evening is Ps. 19:8. Note the second half. This is the fourth of six sets of divine snapshots of the perfect sufficiency of God's word. Each focuses on a special facet of God's written revelation. Our text says the commandment of the Lord, or His divine decrees, are so pure they enlighten our eyes.
- The divine teacher touching all of life turning the whole person to God
- The divine witness absolutely trustworthy making us skilled in the art of holy living
- Divine directions causing great joy because we know what is absolutely right
- Divine decrees without any flaw bringing the light of God on every area of life.
- But what do we mean by divine decrees? You see this word commandments of decrees speaks of: "those things that are binding and non-optional". They are "authoritative and impervious". They are decrees from God; His divine commands. This morning we need to consider the chief command of God - that He be glorified.
Chuck Swindoll captures the nature of this aspect of God's word in his book, Rise and Shine. Let me quote from him on one of God's decrees. Our purpose in existence is to please Him, singing glory to His name!
"The primary purpose of our lives is to glorify God. That, in a nutshell, is the reason we have been left on this planet. We haven't long to live. In our brief span of sixty or seventy years, God graciously allows us breath in our lungs, a heart that beats over a hundred thousand times a day, and sufficient mental and physical strength to carry on. In the process of our earthly existence, His most primary purpose for our lives is not that we make a name for ourselves or accumulate a pile of dough or push people around like a hot shot. Pure and simple, it is to bring glory to His name. If in the process He permits us a measure of success or a few joys and benefits for our labor, no problem. But due to the brevity of life, we must keep first things first."
Wow! What a clear view of life! Turn to Isaiah 42:5-7.
"Our God is a jealous God. He shares His glory with no one else. From this day forward, do not allow yourself to forget the importance of glorifying His great name, regardless of your age, your status, your financial portfolio, or your sphere of influence. Read the following divine decrees through two ancient prophets. They represent words of warning for every generation.
"Thus says God the LORD, Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk in it, 'I am the LORD, I have called you in righteous-
ness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you,
And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations,
To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon,
And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.'"
"'"But you, are you seeking great things for
yourself? Do not seek them..."'" (Jeremiah 45:5).
God says: Seek Me first and My ruling of your life before all else! (My paraphrase Mt. 6:33).
Again: Whether therefore ye eat, drink or whatever, do it for My glory. (1 Cor. 10:31).
Those are divine decrees. They are the authoritative, binding, non-optionals of God's word.... Ps. 19:8. Note the commandments on divine decrees of the Lord are clear ...
- This word is literally "bright like the sun"
- It speaks of that which is clear, easy to see and understand.
- It makes our duty to God's decrees plain !
Glory of God in Scriptures
Glory of God in Scriptures is described as:
· Light that emanates from God . This light is as inescapable as the searing rays bursting from an exploding atomic blast, brighter than a supernova in the skies, brighter than the sun in its strength.
o In the Sinai it flowed from God Exodus 19:18-19 Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. 19 And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice. (NKJV)
o In the tabernacle it flowed from God Exodus 40:34 Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. (NKJV)
o In the temple it flowed from God 1 Kings 8:10-11 And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, 11 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD. (NKJV)
o In Christ it flowed from God.
§ At His birth John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (NKJV)
§ Throughout his ministry 2 Corinthians 4:6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (NKJV);
§ At his transfiguration Matthew 17:2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. (NKJV)
§ At the cross and empty tomb Hebrews 1:3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (NKJV)
§ Now in heaven Revelation 1:15-16 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. (NKJV)
· Magnification and reflection that emanate from the redeemed. This is the praise of God's people. This is the testimony of the saints. This is the purpose of the church and each member of the body of Christ. God isn't sending out the heavenly hosts to put on a cosmic sound and light show this Christmas. He has you and me instead. What are some ways we can glorify and magnify God?
o Regularly confess your sins (Joshua 7:19 Now Joshua said to Achan, "My son, I beg you, give glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me." (NKJV))
o Regularly praise God (Psalm 50:23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God." (NKJV).
o Constantly pray (John 14:13 "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (NKJV))
o Abundantly bear fruit (John 15:8 "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (NKJV)
Gratefully thank him for everything! Romans 1:21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
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