A few weeks ago I was going through a study with a friend of mine and we read this:
“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” Matthew 5:16 (NLT). We talked about some other things in the set of verses we were studying. The next day I thought about the word “praise”. I knew the ESV and JKV both used the word “glory’ and to me that changes the verse and the strength behind it. Let’s look at them in the ESV:
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
The word “glory comes from δοξάζω or doxazō which is pronounced do-ksä’-zō. In looking at how it is translated we see it is glory most times, a couple of times honor and once magnify. I don’t see praise anywhere in the list. So is ‘praise’ ok. I guess but there is a weakness there compared to how I think when I think about ‘glory’. I might praise you for a job well done and race well run or the work on making the car look good. I might praise you in getting your school work done or project finished but I would not glorify you or give you glory for any of those. That, glory, is left for one and only one – God (Father; Son; Spirit). They alone get glory. Listen to John 8:54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ When I read that, I think of a level above praise. It is more on the level of magnificence, splendor, exaltation.
Glory – beauty; power; honor; a quality of God’s character that shows His greatness and authority (Acts 7:2; James 2:1) quote from ICBD
Glory – Honor; greatness; majesty (from The Baker Bible Dictionary for Kids)
Let’s drive the point a little more, pointing towards the greatness and glory of God by looking at a couple more verses:
Let’s start with these four verses:
1Chronicles 16:24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
1Chronicles 16:29 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
Psalms 105:3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.
Now listen to these three sections from Revelation
Revelation 4:8-11 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “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.”
Revelation 5:7-14 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Revelation 19:1 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
Do you get the picture in mind? This is worship at its best. This is worship as seen in heaven. And what God wants to see in us now. Does God see that in your daily devotional life?
Glory is used in the Bible 358 times. It is primarily used for God the Father but interesting when used about Jesus the name Christ is attached not just or only Jesus. Check this out. Each one would be useful in praying Scripture.
Titus 2:13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
2Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Jude 1:25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,