How Can We Glorify God?

Q. How can we glorify God

A. We glorify God by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and by obeying his will, commands, and law.

Glory, in the bible (Hebrew – kabod/Greek doxa), means something along the lines of “splendor, weight, dignity, honor, gravitas” (you get the picture). So, to glorify God then is to ascribe worthiness to him, by enjoying him, loving him, trusting him, and obeying is will, commands and law (2 Corinthians 4:15; Ephesians 3:21).

It is evident in this expansive definition then, that living for God’s glory is not just restricted to what we may do at church or in our own private devotions. No, it is far grander than that. Living for God’s glory is a whole life experience (1 Corinthians 10:31), that comes from knowing God.

That is just why Johann Sebastian Bach (a devout Lutheran), when satisfied with his compositions, would write on them “S. D. G.” for Soli Deo Gloria (Latin for “glory to God alone”). For through his music he wanted to sound out the beauty and glory of God.

Against everything we are told today, happiness is not found in ourselves—in appreciating our own beauty or convincing ourselves of it. Deep, lasting, satisfying happiness is found in the all-glorious God. All of which is really just another way of saying along with the Westminster Shorter Catechism:

Question: What is the chief end of man?

Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.




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