53 Glory!Posted: March 7, 2013
When we walk with the Shepherd and listen to His voice, we find that He shares Himself with us. He gives Himself freely to us, including His glory. We rejoice as we receive His glory.
Father, the time has come Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You….I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are one: I in them and You in Me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me. Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world. John 17:1, 22–24
I am the LORD; that is My name! I will not give My glory to another. Isaiah 42:8
God will not attribute His glory to another. Jesus gives us the knowledge of His glory. Moreover, He calls us to experience His glory. He will sweep us up into God’s glory—Father glorifying Son and Son glorifying Father. Jesus wants us with Him to behold His glory and attribute worth to Him.
God stretches and expands our capacity to glorify Him. The Bible’s description gives us some understanding of God, yet our view is limited. God is other—well beyond our imagination of Him. “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33) God alone completely understands Himself. He alone can regard all of Who He is. God glorifies Himself, and in His presence is glory!
We cannot comprehend His glory. Even a small taste of God’s glory calls us to awe and amazement. Awe opens us to receive more of God. If in a state of awe we consider that our Father loves us as He loves the Son (John 17:23), we can feel exceeding joy. Experiencing a revelation of His glory enables us to receive His love more deeply. As we revel in His presence we are relieved of our shame and pain. Allowing ourselves to experience God’s glory, magnificence, splendor, beauty, wonder, grandeur, brilliance and fame may initially elicit embarrassment, shame, self-hatred and resistance, especially if new to us. We need to let go of negative feelings to allow ourselves enough freedom to experience His glory. We may need to allow ourselves to do this in steps; experiencing His glory increasingly while our negative feelings dissipate by degrees.
God’s glory will eventually bring us as Christians to complete unity in His presence. The enemy hates even glimpses of unity among Christians, and he accuses us one against another. (Revelation 12:10) Jesus prayed for both protection and unity for us in John 17. We need to join Him in praying this way, that God would protect us and fellow believers from the enemy. We can take our example from the Lord’s Prayer which says “deliver us from evil [the evil one]”.
Delighting in snatches of His glory!
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