Monday, August 9, 2010

What Is It To Glorify God?

It is not possible to add to the glory of God. He is perfect, infinite and eternal. His glory fills the heavens and the earth (Isa. 6). So, how can we glorify Him if we cannot add to His glory? Creation manifests His glory passively, meaning that creation does not make a conscious choice to glorify Him. It merely does so because He has created it to do so, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Rom.1:20). In this way, the heavens and the earth declare His glory. The creation of man, the intricacies of the human body and mind, declare the glory of its creator, but our purpose is not to passively glorify God. We have been created in His image with a will and a mind, and we must choose to glorify Him. We are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that we may proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light." (1 Pet. 2:9) This is how we accomplish our chief end. (1) We strive to fill our hearts with confidence in Him, the greatest love for Him, and the greatest honor for Him. (2) We glorify Him with our lips, lifting His praise out of our hearts and minds and going public with our praise. In short, we live a life that praises Him with open mouths that praise Him. If the exaltation of His Name in our lives and with our praise is not our chief end, we are not truly enjoying Him. If it is our cheif end, we will enjoy Him forever.