second spring
back of the napkin #47

God's Glorious Shout

Glory2There are devotional readings that capture my imagination and give it a good shake now and then.

For devotions, I use the YouVersion application on my cell phone. I usually open it and read the selected devotional reading provided for the given day. The other day, the scripture provided was Isaiah 6:3:

"And one cried to another and said
'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory.' "

The devotional reading had a paragraph that caught my mind and had refocused me on the truth in God's Word: Glory

"God didn't want to be known only by Himself. He wanted others to experience his goodness. But since God chose to create us as physical beings, He also elected to express physically to us His invisible qualities. Thus, God created a world in which we can see His glory expressed in all the beautiful things he has made - trees, flowers, mountains, oceans, animals, everything. God's glory, therefore, is something that we experience tangibly through our senses and is meant to leave us in awe of who He is. And when we behold God's glory and recognize Him for who He is, we can't help but worship Him..."

"God created a world in which we can see His glory expressed in all the beautiful things he has made..."

And I saw that in the Isaiah passage - "The whole earth (the ENTIRE thing) is FULL (in every sense of the word) of HIS GLORY." 

That tree? Full of His glory.

The clouds? Full of His glory.

The birds pecking at the seeds in my bird feeder? Full of His glory.

The sensation of warm breezes on an early autumn day? Full of His glory.

And so as I sense the world around me, I am given a moment of interaction with the very glory of God.

What is the glory of God? One author says it's "...the beauty that emanates from [God's] character; from all that He is." (Got Questions) Pastor John Piper defines it this way: "The glory of God is the infinite beauty and greatness of God's manifold perfections." Or as he puts it another way:

The heavens are telling the glory of God (Psalm 19:1). What does that mean? It means he is shouting at us. He shouts with clouds. He shouts with blue expanse. He shouts with gold on the horizons. He shouts with galaxies and stars. He is shouting. I am glorious. Open your eyes. It is like this, only better if you know me. 

- John Piper, Desiring God, Episode 390, What is God's Glory?

God is trying to tell me something - and my duty is to hear Him and respond as He created me to do.

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