He is Worthy of Glory
November 27 - December 1, 2023 | Always Peachy Devotionals | The Names of God Week 5
What is the difference between honor and glory?
That’s something I’ve always wondered, because the Bible uses them both almost interchangeably. But what I’ve learned about God is that He never wastes words. He won’t use two words when one will work. So when He tells us that all honor and all glory belong to Him, what is He saying? Is He just repeating Himself?
Last week, we talked about honor as being a recognition for great acts or accomplishments. This week, we’re going to talk about glory.
I did some research, and apparently honor is usually ascribed to someone of high moral character. Glory, on the other hand, is recognition of achievement, power, or wealth. And while I’m sure those definitions work, I’m not sure they work for me.
See, when I think of giving honor to someone, usually it’s because of what that person has done for me personally. I want to honor that person because of what they have done for me as an individual.
When I think of giving glory to someone, usually it’s due to that person’s inherit abilities. To me, I see glory as giving credit to whom credit is due. I see it as acknowledging someone’s innate greatness.
I give honor to God because He saved me when He didn’t have to. I give glory to God because there is no one else mightier, no one else as powerful, and no one else as righteous.
I’m not sure if my definitions will work for the dictionary, but they make sense to me. And I’m a writer. I can make up my own definitions, right?
Regardless, this week we are going to be discussing why God is worthy of glory, so we’re going to focus on the characteristics that make Him God. His mightiness. His omnipresence. His status. All glory belongs to Him.
Nov 27 - Gibbor, The Mighty One (Isaiah 42:13)
Nov 28 - Jehovah Shamah, The Lord Is Present (Ezekiel 48:35)
Nov 29 - Jehovah Sabaoth, The Lord of Hosts (Isaiah 1:24)
Nov 30 - Qanna, Jealous God (Exodus 20:5)
Dec 1 - Immanuel, God With Us (Isaiah 7:14)
What a glorious God we serve! If we ever forget to give Him the glory for the good things in our lives, I hope He will remind us gently. It’s so important to keep our eyes fixed on what is true—that every good thing we have comes from Him.
It can be difficult in our world, because the longer our world exists, the further away from God’s plan we wander. But a day is coming (soon, I hope) when we won’t be the outcasts anymore. We won’t be the weirdos. Everyone will know His name, and no one will be able to deny who He is.
That’s why I wanted to point us to Philippians 2:10-11 for our memory verse this week:
One day, the whole world will bow to the name of Jesus. One day, every living person will acknowledge that He is Lord. One day, the whole earth will understand who He is. One day, thank to Jesus, we will all be free.
I’m eager for that day. But until then, we get to live abundantly in this beautiful world God made for us. I hope this study of the names of God has been a blessing to you. It’s blessed me and showed me truths about our Heavenly Father that I didn’t know before.
As we move into the holiday season, I hope that each of us will remember who God is and what He’s done for us. May we never forget that it is He who deserves all the glory, all the honor, all the praise. May we never forget that He is our safe place, our mighty and powerful God, and that He is the only way to be saved.
Love each and every one of you. May the Lord richly bless you.
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