Coram Deo ‒ all glory, laud and honour to God! - 27 July 2018

Hennie Symington

As he was praying, the appearance of this face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lighting. Luke 9:14

In our day, praise and worship has taken on new meaning. It’s as if people have rediscovered their need to glorify God, so much so that most mainline churches now make room for extended praise and worship as part of their services.

How would we describe the Glory of God?

It is hard for us to understand exactly what God’s glory may look like, but the various descriptions of it in Scripture seem to indicate that it will be the most beautiful sight we will ever experience.

Under the old covenant, the most common way in which God manifested his glory was in a cloud. We do not know exactly what this cloud looked like, but we get the impression that it glowed brightly with some kind of unique light because this same cloud had to direct Israel through the wilderness after they left Egypt leading with a pillar of cloud by day and by night with a pillar of fire. In fact, most of us probably think of bright light whenever we hear the word glory, and this is because light is often associated with glory in Scripture (Revelation 21:23).

Christ is the incarnation of God’s glory, and it is the vision of this glory in the new heaven and earth for which we all hope. When Jesus walked the earth, this glory was usually hidden from plain view and only visible for brief moments to a select few of his disciples. But all who love and serve the Messiah will one day get to see the beauty of his glory. In the New Jerusalem we will see him face to face (Revelation 21). Until that time, let our lives be filled with awe and respect for God the Creator and Jesus Christ, the light of the world and the Holy Spirit as God’s presence among us.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord of all the hours and all the days of our lives that you are our guiding light and our salvation. Let it be from here to eternity.  Amen

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