What is the Glory of God? Is it something He gets from us? Yes, in one sense is the recognition we give Him that is reserved for Him alone. We sing glory to God as an example of this idea.
Yet, another view is something that is already His regardless of what we do or don’t do. It is the glory of God. The glory of God is His manifest presence.
…To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. – Exodus 24:17
So in this instance God’s glory was represented as fire. This was a common manifestation in the Old Testament as God, in a very tangible way, made Himself known to His people.
…For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. – Deuteronomy 4:24
In Exodus 3, God appeared to Moses in a burning bush.
POWER OF FIRE
So what does fire do? It consumes, purifies, melts, cleanses. It also produces power and light. Right away you can start to see the connection and why I believe God chose to use fire as such a common manifestation of presence.
A life consumed by the glory of God is one filled with power. It is a life that is lived brightly and shines into the darkness of this world. It is a heart on fire, living passionately for the Kingdom. It is also one that is daily cleansed and purified; refined by the glory of God.
THE GLORY OF GOD
Imagine God’s glory manifested through His people in the weekly gathering. Wow. Our singing would be loud, our hearts poured out with praise and thanksgiving. Wonder and awe would fill our minds and a holy fear would consumer our heart as the reality of His manifest presence unfolded before us.
This doesn’t have to be reserved for our imagination. It happens every week if you just look around.
... And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. - 2 Corinthians 3:18