May 31, 2011 Give Glory to God
In Revelation 14:6,7, part of the first angel’s message, calls for us to give glory ot God. What does it mean to give glory to God? How do we do that?
Before we answer the other two questions, we should ask ourselves, What is glory? One definition says: it’s a state of high honor. In the New Testament, it is always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honour, and glory. Basically, the expression “give glory to God” means to honor Him.
How do we give glory to God? We reflect on who He is, His greatness, majesty, goodness, loving and forgiving nature and all the wonderful things He has done. We honor Him for all of these things because He is worthy. He loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die on the cross for us. He came up with the plan of salvation so that all of us who believe in His Son will not perish but will have everlasting life. He forgives our sins once we confess and repent and He wipes the slate clean, meaning that He doesn’t keep score.
He is a caring Father who watches over us and guides our steps. He chastises us when we need it because it’s for our own good. He disciplines us because He loves us and wants to rid us of any undesirable traits or behavior. He always has time for us. No matter what time of the day or night it is, He is there for us. We can go to Him anytime and expect to have His undivided attention. He blesses us; comforts us; teaches us and answers our needs. We can be frank with Him. We can be ourselves with Him. He loves us faults and all.
Even if others desert us when we need them to most or reject us, God will always be there–ready to help us. David could attest to this. “I call to You in times of trouble, because You answer my prayers” (Psalm 86:7, TEV); “God is our Shelter and Strength, always ready to help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1, TEV); God Himself promised, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Even if our own loved ones turn their backs on us, we have God to turn to. “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up (Psalm 27:10).
God is a good God. Before met my husband mentioned how after he and his ex-girlfriend broke up and that out of spite, she vandalized his car. Understandably angry, he wanted to retaliate and do the same thing to her car but the Lord warned him not to do so. My husband let it go and carless, he started to take the bus and it was when he was taking the bus, he and I met. Two years later we were blessed with a son. Before we met, my husband used to pray every night, asking God to bless him with a family. God answered his prayer–not the way he expected. If his car had not been vandalized, he would not have had any reason to take the bus and we would not have met. So, out of bad, God brings good. He delights in giving us what we ask for–provided it’s for our good.
How could we not give glory and honor and praise to such an amazing God? He helps us with things that matter to us. He is always there. He loves us with an everlasting love. He knew us since we were in our mother’s wombs. We are precious to Him. He is patient and longsuffering because He desires that everyone should be saved. He loves everyone, even those who don’t acknowledge Him. He is our Creator. We are His special creation. We are the only ones made in His image and who could fellowship with Him. He created such beautiful things for us to enjoy and appreciate.
To God be the glory, great things he hath done!
So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the lifegate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done!
Give God the glory He deserves. We can do this by the way we live our lives. We live in obedience to Him. Daniel glorified God in his diet and in his worship. Joseph glorified God by refusing to sin with Potiphar’s wife. Daniel’s friends glorified God by refusing to bow down to an image.
We give glory to God by the works we do. Jesus encouraged us to, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). We must always conduct ourselves in such a way that it will bring honor to God. Daniel is a good example. He was such a good, upstanding citizen that the men who were jealous of him could not accuse him of any wrongdoing or find any fault with him so they had to come up with another way to get back at him. They ended up using his faith against him (Daniel 6:4, 5). Job is another example. He lived such an exemplary life (Job 1:1-5) that even God commended him (Job 1:8.).
Peter encouraged believers to “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world” (1 Peter 2:12, NLT). We are to be blameless.
We must honor God in our actions, words and thoughts. Each day, let us purpose in our hearts to give God the glory He deserves. Let us join nature and sing: “You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11).