Glory is the radiation or shining forth of virtue, so that when you see virtue, you see glory. Solomon says this plainly when in Proverbs 20:29 he writes, "The glory of young men is their strength.'' Thus when they display their strength, they show forth their glory.
God's glory shines forth also when He reveals His strength, wisdom, love, mercy, and grace, and all His other virtues. Of His glory David speaks in Psalm 19:1 when he declares, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth forth His handiwork." And the idea is that the heavens, that is, the heavenly bodies, show God's glory because they show His wisdom and power, for it is His handiwork. Indeed what a wisdom and power the heavens do reveal!
That glory of God may be summed up in one word, namely, that He is God. That above all is His glory. The name of God that David uses here is the Mighty One. And what a might and wisdom it took to bring forth and uphold that vast expanse that we call the heavens! What creature could do that? What idol made by man's hands could make and hold all those heavenly bodies in their exact courses? Indeed, the God of Scripture is God alone.
Our versification of the Psalm speaks of this glory thus:
The heavens in their splendor declare
The might and the glory of God:
For day unto day speaks His praise,
And night tells His wisdom abroad.
Look at the sky today and tonight, and let no one tell you, or teach your children, that all this came by an evolutionistic process! We reckon time by the position of the heavenly bodies. Upon them we depend and receive our seasons. And how well we know that we cannot move or remove these bodies, nor alter their courses through the heavens. How amazing it also is that we can today state when the sun will arise and the moon be full at any future date that man may pick. What wisdom and what power God reveals! How loudly He shouts to the whole human race that He is God!
Do you hear Him, and do you see His glory every day?
Read: Psalm 19
Psalter versification: 39:1
Devotions on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter number 264
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Through the Bible in One Year
Exodus 17:8-16 ; Exodus 18; Exodus 19:1-15
Matthew 22:34-46 ; Matthew 23:1-12
Quote for Reflection:
“Thy will be done. Grant, O Father in heaven, that I may always and everywhere live as before Thy face, in Thy presence, and in the consciousness of my calling to be Thy servant …. Give unto me, give unto all Thy people, Thy Spirit and grace to know and to do Thy will. And hasten the day when the workers of iniquity shall be no more, and all shall be in perfect harmony with Thy will, which is only good. Thy will be done. Amen.” Herman Hoeksema
- Date: 3-February