Not to us, Lord, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness. – Psalm 115:1
Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
it does not rise from deceitful lips. – Psalm 17:1
We often hear the minister stand before the church with bold posture saying, “Give God the glory.” We often associate glory with praise. But what is it? Where does this word originate? We cannot do something if we do not understand what it means. Let’s investigate.
In the English version of the Old Testament, the word “glory” is usually the translation of the Hebrew word kabod from kabed, “to be heavy.” Kabod is connected with verbs of seeing and the thing seen (Exo. 16:7; Deut. 5:24; Isa. 40:5; 60:20), e.g., light, fire, lightning, cloud. It is through visible manifestations that God’s glory is realized by man. The Greek word for glory is doxa, meaning brightness or splendor, and refers to the kingly majesty which belongs to God as supreme ruler.
In Jewish society, they would use market scales. If it weighed more, it brought more value on the other side. How does that symbolism apply to modern day Christians? When we give God the glory,we want people to value His heaviness. We want others to see his attractiveness and authenticity in us.
How are you giving God the glory in your life? Are you taking credit for what He has blessed you with? Are you using every opportunity you get to share His glory with others? You give God the glory by the trust you display and the truth you declare.