Soli Deo Gloria
One of the blessed things about our supreme and sovereign God is that despite how vastly beyond our capability to know Him fully He is, still He incessantly reveals Himself to us. He wants to be known, to be understood, within the capacity of our minds, and to have people respond to that revelation with worship, obedience and love. Thus, He has declared Himself in His creations, both the vastness of the universe, and the minutest foundations of His creation which only now can humanity glimpse with the new subatomic technology, or theorize from what can be detected. He wants us to wonder at His wisdom, marvel at His design, and be in awe at the works of His hands. Isn’t it ironic that the very ones who should be stunned at what they discover about Him through what they observe as they study His creation, are often the most hardened against His existence.
Not only does He reveal Himself in His creation, but He does so even more plainly in His word. Through His inspired word He lays out not only the works of his Hand, but the way His character is declared. He shows us what pleases Him, and what doesn’t. He doesn’t want us to have to guess about such things, or to stand before Him at the end of days and say, “If I’d only known!” There it is, in black and white—not only how to please Him, but how to receive forgiveness, because not any of us do please Him all the time—maybe not even most of the time.
So we see that God reveals Himself in the glories of His creation. It is there for all who have eyes to see, and minds to ponder. It’s what theologians call “General Revelation.” And for those who pay attention to this General Revelation, and want to know more, there is access to this deeper knowledge in God’s word, and through the application of its truth by the Holy Spirit.
This is where it gets personal. While God does get glory by the acknowledgment of what men observe with wonder, He is not satisfied with mere head knowledge about His greatness. He wants a relationship. Yes, He wants a people and a Bride in a corporate sense, but He does so through relationships with individuals. He called Abraham. He called Isaac and Jacob. He called Hannah, and through her, Samuel. He called David, and Isaiah, and Jeremiah. He called Gentiles out of paganism, like Tamar and Rahab and Ruth, and the Ethiopian Official…and He called you and me, personally.
Together we are called for the purpose of being His own, His treasure, and somehow to bring Him glory. Somehow. How often do we wake up in the morning with the intent to glorify Him? How often do we start the day with the prayer, “Lord, glorify Yourself in me today”? Or, “May You alone get the glory in my life! ”
Sometimes we stumble into glorifying Him—often through His design more than our expressed desire. Even Pharaoh brought God glory, but not because he was intent on it. It wasn’t his intention at all! It would be so much better if we went beyond the “somehow” in our glorifying of our magnificent Lord, and do so with all our heart and soul and mind and strength!
It is an intent we develop and nurture until it becomes a desire and habit of our lives. It begins with looking for His glory—like Moses, who said, “Show me Your glory,” we ask Him to help us to be more alert to and aware of the infinite ways He glorifies Himself in our life and world. Then it moves from, “Let me see Your glory,” to, “Let me display Your glory in my life”—to, “To You alone be the glory.”
Do you wonder why everyone in heaven casts their crowns at Jesus feet? I believe it is because we will finally see that He alone deserves the glory. Any crown, any reward we get in heaven we will finally see will have come solely from His grace, His enablement, His forgiveness, His love… We will realize that nothing we have done will have come from within ourselves, but solely through Him. And that “solely” will become Soli—Soli Deo Gloria—To God alone be the glory!
by Sheri Cook, Director of Special Ministries