What Does it Mean to Glorify God?
What does it mean to glorify God? A good illustration for our instruction is given in the picture of the tabernacle.
And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet thereat: When they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the LORD commanded Moses. And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys. - Ex. 40:31-35
By putting His shekinah glory stamp of approval on the tabernacle, God is telling us the acceptable way to glorify Him so that we might receive of his glory.
Only those authorized to serve Him could give God glory. But first they needed to turn from the camp around them, have their sins atoned for by the blood of a sacrificed lamb, and finally have their hands and feet washed with water. This reminds us that only those who have: 1) turned from the world 2) been washed by the blood of Jesus and 3) a walk and service devoted to the word of God can truly glorify God.
In John chapter 17, God has given us the privilege of listening in on a prayer of Jesus to his Father. This prayer emphasizes the giving and receiving of glory between Jesus and the Father. Two things about glory come into focus:
Jesus gives glory to the Father by accomplishing the work given to him.The Father gives glory to Jesus by granting him even more authority to do more work. And so we are given a glimpse of the cycle goes on throughout eternity.
The Cycle of Glory in John 17: 1-5
Jesus had been given much authority in eternity past. He was given authority to create the angels and then more authority to rule over them. The Father then gave Jesus authority to create the world.
Authority was given to man to rule on earth forever as long as he obeyed God's simple commandments. We all know the story about how Satan hoodwinked Eve, causing the fall of man.
Most recently in the eon of eternity, Jesus was given authority to accomplish the Father's plan to reclaim man---body and soul---through the work of salvation. It was an awesome work requiring that the Father give Jesus authority to:
All this Jesus has done, is doing or will do. At every step along the way God is being glorified because it is accomplishing His plan.
The shekinah glory of God dwelled in the tabernacle among God's people as the priests offered up incense and as they ministered at the Table of Showbread and Golden Candlestick, both pictures of service to God's people.
As part of Jesus' spiritual body we have received great authority and privilege to partake in the augmentation of glory between Father and Son. That is to say, believers glorify God in Christ by furthering Christ's work of ministering the light of the Father's word to others amid earth's dark wilderness. And to the extent we are faithful in that service, the Lord will give us crowns of glory. These crowns represent the authority of Jesus that he rewards us with so that He might receive increasing glory in us.
as important as praise and thanksgiving is as a worship service to God,there is much more glory to offer God as we serve Him by serving
others in Jesus,
for Jesus and through Jesus.