Praising God for the Glory
Day 177: Praising God for the Glory
John 17:22 (AV)
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I think that I can trace every scrap of sorrow in my life to simple unbelief. How could I be anything but quite happy if I believed always that all the past is forgiven, and all the present furnished with power, and all the future bright with hope because of the same abiding facts which do not change with my mood, do not stumble because I totter and stagger at the promise through unbelief, but stand firm and clear with their peaks of pearl cleaving the air of Eternity, and the bases of their hills rooted unfathomably in the Rock of God.1
1 Cowman, Lettie B. Streams in the Desert. Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society, 1925. Print.
There are some truths so sublime and so lofty that we don’t embrace them for fear or belief of unworthiness. To think that Christ has prayed for us to be glorified with the same glory that His Father glorified Him is nigh unbelievable. But Christ wouldn’t have said it if He didn’t mean it. He meant every word. But why don’t we grab hold of this? Why do we let slip one of the most precious promises to ever fall from the lips of God?
To be glorified? What does this mean but to be honored by the Father as the Son was?
2 Peter 1:17 (AV)
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
God is pleased with His Son, and if we are in His Son, God is happy with us. We are the special recipients of God’s love. Yes, God loves the whole world, but His children are His favorites. He is willing to save all, but not all will be saved.
If we can grasp this, not with the intellect, but with the heart, that God loves us and is pleased with us in Jesus, it ought to drive us to our knees in adoration. It should cause us to walk as His dear children. It should pain our hearts to think of all our steps in unbelief that have caused us to live beneath our privileges and bring us to repentance.
When I stand before the throne
Dressed in beauty not my own;
When I see Thee as Thou art,
Love Thee with unsinning heart;
Then, Lord, shall I fully know-
Not till then how much I fully owe.