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“The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence.” A. W. Tozer in The Pursuit of God.
Many people are hungry for the greatness, grandeur and glory of God, whether they fully realise it or not. They are looking for something bigger themselves and bigger than this worldly, temporal experience. People are searching for transcendence.
The Bible mentions the glory of God many, many times throughout its pages, and yet it is an elusive concept. What is the glory of God? And how can we, individually and corporately, glorify God?
God wants his glory to be evident throughout the earth. He wants his people to live in the presence of his glory. He wants his people to reflect his glory.
Moses lived with God’s wonderful, abiding presence, and experienced many amazing evidences of his awesome power (Exod. 15:11), yet Moses was hungry for more of God’s glory and asked: “Show me Your glory” (Exod. 33:18). God answered his prayer!
It is a good thing to be hungry for more of God’s glory in our lives and in our churches. And while the concept of glory may be elusive, God himself is not elusive. God has promised that when we draw near to him, he will draw near to us (Jam. 4:8). God has promised that when we seek him with our whole heart, we will find him (Jer. 29:13).
When we enter into God’s presence through prayer we will find God and his glory if we are focussed on him alone in awe and expectation, and allow time to seek his face in Spirit and in Truth. (See Heb. 10:19-20 and John 4:23-24)
We can see God’s glory displayed in different ways, and we can even bring glory to God ourselves.
- Certainly the beauty, intricacy and variety of nature are testimony to the glory of God (Rom. 1:20; Psalm 19:1).
- Turning away from sin and living holy lives brings glory to our holy God. (See Rom. 3:23; Psalm 15:1-2; 1 Pet. 1:15-16)
- A strong faith that perseveres and rejoices in trials brings glory to God (1 Pet. 1:6-7).
- When we do good deeds, which are prompted by God and done in his strength, it brings glory to God. (See Matt. 5:16; John 14:12-14)
- Unity brings glory to God — unity with other true believers and especially unity with God himself (John ch 17; Psalm 133).
- We can glorify God with heartfelt praise and adoration. In Psalm 60:30 King David says: “I will praise God’s Name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving.”
When the church has a high concept of the sublime majesty and glory of God, and longs for its manifestation, this will be reflected in times of corporate worship which bring glory to God.
In his book The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer writes: “The heaviest obligation upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of him — and of her [the church].”
When we truly glorify God, God will reveal his glory.
Endnote:  One reason people leave staid, conservative churches is because those churches are not experiencing or displaying God’s glory.