“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
What is glory? The dictionary definition of glory is praise and honor. We see glory in sports as people shout and cheer for their favorite team or player. We see glory for celebrities, as the cameras flash their picture and people scream and want their autograph.
But the Glory of God is different. In this Psalm, David points out the two areas where God is revealing Himself. “The heavens declare the glory of God.” It’s probably hard for us to even comprehend, but the universe and God’s creation testifies and displays the Glory of God. The Glory of God is the visible manifestation of His attributes and His character. Think of everything you see: the sun, stars, the ocean, a spectacular eagle – all display God’s glory. Nothing is hidden from it. Nothing can hide from God’s glory.
The Jews word for God’s radiance was called shekinah glory. Shekinah means to dwell or reside with. The glory of God resides with humanity so that we can experience it.
Think about it – the original design was for us to live in a glorious world and live with a Glorious God. But because sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, you and I have the desire to live for ourselves and for our own glory. We may want things our way and take credit for what only God can produce. We want others to glorify us. We may try to do things our own way – and time and time again – we will fail.
Our only hope is for the God of glory to invade our lives and rescue us. That’s why God sent His only son Jesus to earth, to die for all of our sins. And because of what Jesus has done for us – our response should be to praise and thank Him and give Him all the Glory. This should be a daily response in all we do and all we say. Psalm 113:3-4 says, “From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised. The Lord is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens.”
Friends, when we open our eyes in the morning, let’s make a conscious decision to praise Him. Let’s make a conscious decision to be more intentional to give God the Glory in everything we do and say. God deserves that because He is so faithful and so good to us. Praise Him! Give Him Glory!
PRAYER: Father, You deserve all the Glory. Help us to see all that You have created and made and all of what You are doing and be in awe. You are AMAZING. The heavens declare the Glory of God. The skies proclaim the work of Your hands. Thank You for all You do for us each and every day – may You be glorified in everything we do and say in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!
We hope and pray you are encouraged and that you are in awe of God’s glory! He is AWESOME and worthy to be praised!