Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Why does God need Glory?” I used to because I would hear phrases like “for the glory of God” or “praise God” and so forth. It sounded like God needed some glory for some reason. This was because my understanding about glory was wrong. I thought that glory was a lot like a compliment or praise. I did not know that glory was inherent and radiated out from within. It was always there but was not seen. It’s like an uncut diamond that looks like just another rock. The beauty of the cut diamond was always present in the uncut diamond but was not appreciated because it’s many facets were not exposed. It’s ‘glory’ remained unknown until the diamond cutter exposed it. So it is with God, His glory (beauty, wonder, love, power, forgiveness, etc.) is not appreciated because we only see God from one or maybe even a few perspectives. We need to see God from His infinitely faceted perspectives. The more we know God, the greater we perceive His glory. It was always there but it remained hidden until it was exposed to us.
Glory is not recognition for greatness, but greatness beyond our recognition. The glory of God always has been the same. It doesn’t become more just because we discover another facet of it. You do not not increase His glory when you praise Him, either. God is not trying to gain recognition, but rather He desires us to know Him for who He is, and not some shallower concept of Him.
If it were possible to know God as He really is; we would see the entirety of His glory. Should that happen in our natural state it would kill us. Remember what He told Moses, Ex 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. It is not that God didn’t want us to know Him as He is, but He wanted to preserve man so that he could be transformed in such a way that he could see God, face to face.
This transformation takes a lifetime but there are times when we draw closer than we have ever been before. At these times we are transformed to be more than we were before. Remember what happened to Moses after he was hidden in the cleft of the rock as God passed by. Ex 34:29 And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. His face shone so bright that he had to wear a vail on his face while he talked with Aaron and the rulers of the congregation. Ex 34:33 And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.
We have to grow in our grace and knowledge of the Lord. 2Pe 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Furthermore, we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we can “experience” a right understanding of God’s will. Ro 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
By the time God has finished His work on us, we will be like him in His image, likeness and dominion: (Gen 1:26) we will be sanctified in body (a new body), soul (new mind and way of thinking) and spirit (indwelling of the Holy Spirit) (I Thess 5:23). 1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.