To God be the glory, great things he has done…
Glory to God, whose goodness shines on me…
All glory, laud and honor…
These are but a few of the opening lines of songs in our hymnal. They speak of the Christian’s chief duty – to glorify God. Glorifying God is an important part of who we are as God’s children. It is so central to our worship, that even our hymnal hints at this practice in its title, Glory to God.
Our most celebrated confession, the Westminster Confession, begins with this doctrine, succinctly asked in answered in the shorter catechism:
What is the chief end of all people?
To glorify God and enjoy God forever.
To glorify someone or something, according to Merriam-Webster, is to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise or admiration; to elevate to celestial glory. In other words, the work of Christian is, to give honor and worship to Jesus Christ in such a way, that he is above everyone and everything else in our lives. It is appropriate, it is our work, and it is the perfect response to all
that God has done for us.
This Sunday, I am looking forward to wrapping up my five-week study of the five solae of the Reformation. This Sunday we will consider Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone be the glory. I am looking forward to sharing how this “sola” is the most important of the five doctrines, for it gives context and explanation to the other four.
If you’ve ever wondered why the word “glory” appears so frequently in our “Christianese,” if you wonder why there are endless calls to raise God up, then you will certainly want to be present to worship (and glorify God) on Sunday morning.
To God be the glory,