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How Will You Glorify God?

I recently had rather odd dream. I was a kid again, and back at a Bible camp. At this camp, we were singing a number of the “7-eleven” songs that were popular twenty-plus years ago. The final song in my dream was Lord, Be Glorified.

In my life, Lord,
be glorified, be glorified
In my life, Lord,
be glorified today.

If you’ve sung this chorus, you know it can be strung out indefinitely by substituting any number of things for “my life.” In my dream, we were doing just that, but with even more absurd, mind-numbing repetition than ever in reality. “In my ____, Lord, be glorified, . . . Fill in the blank with any noun you can think of, and we sang it. I was glad to wake up.

Trivializing repetition aside, it is, of course, good and right to pray that God will be glorified through us. This ought to be our chief motive in everything. But what came to mind was the fact that we ought not pray that God will be glorified through us as if it is possible that he might not. I think many, if not most, Christians believe that it is possible to live a life that does not glorify God; but that is just not true.

The truth is that God will be glorified through every one of us. He has been glorified through the lives of faithful saints throughout time, from the beginning of creation to this present day. But he has also been glorified through the failures of those saints, and even through the most heinous sins of history’s most notorious villains.

God was glorified in Genesis 6, not only through Noah, who “found grace in the eyes of the Lord,” but through the “wickedness of man” which he judged in the flood. God was glorified not only through Isaac, but through Ishmael also. He was glorified through Joseph’s brothers, who sold him into slavery. He was glorified through Joseph as Joseph was faithful and righteous and, by his God-given wisdom, saved a nation. He was glorified through Pharaoh as Pharaoh enslaved God’s people, and was then judged for it. And as Israel wandered away from God, God was glorified as he repeatedly punished them and extended his grace to them.

God was glorified through Christ and the apostles, and Mary, Martha, and Lazarus; but he was also glorified through Caiaphas, Judas, and Pilate.

In short, God will be glorified through us, one way or another, either as his grace is displayed in our lives, or his judgment is meted out to us. His grace may come to us in the form of discipline, as well as obvious blessing. His judgment on the wicked may be seen here, as with the Genesis flood, or it may not be seen until the final judgment; but it will be seen by all, and God will be glorified. He will be glorified through every act of every one of his creatures.

The question is not, will God be glorified through me, but how will he be glorified through me?


Posted 2008·09·22 by David Kjos
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#1 || 08·09·22··16:17 || donsands

That's so true. God is perfect when he hardens, as much as when He has mercy, and His perfect will shall alwasy be glorified.

He's not always pleased however, and in fact can be grieved. I believe if we understand that by faith and through His marvelous grace we can please Him, then we will have more of a will to please Him, and so be more motivated, though it is He who works in us to will and to do in the first place, so He gets all the glory.
And the Church wants God to have all the glory.
"Not unto us, O lord, But unto Thee, be all the glory".

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