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GLORY…is a difficult word to completely define. It is, to me, better understood when experienced. When my granddaughter, Sarah, shared this photo with me-

glory was my was my first thought.  I immediately was reminded of Psalm 19, the motivating Psalm for today’s life lessons.


Some of the definitions are-great honor, praise or distinction accorded by common consent; renown. As a verb it is to rejoice triumphantly or exult. It comes from the Latin word, gloria-fame, renown; used to denote the manifestation of God’s presence.


In the Old Testament the word for glory is the Hebrew word כָּבֹוד pronounced kabowd, which carries the idea of heaviness and weight.


In the New Testament the Greek word is δόξα pronounced doxa that carries the idea of opinion, judgment, estimate, splendor, brightness, etc. It is used to speak of great honor, praise, value, wonder and splendor.


God is the one who gives glory to man. Psalm 8:5 states; “For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor” And further; “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” And it is His glory, freely given to those who walk by faith. In fact, He is pleased to do so. Baffling, to say the least!


We as Believers, by persevering to the end, will one day experience eternal glory; remembering that we have been justified, are being sanctified and will be glorified. Before we get all puffed-up, be reminded that this is only because of the grace of the cross. Now, back to earth! “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor. 4:17).


This photo made a special impression on me concerning God and His glory. One lady said it reminded her of the eye of God and said she could see His eyelashes. For me, it reflects a heavenly inspired but earthly view of the shekinah glory of God. The word shekinah does not appear in the Bible, but the concept clearly does. The Jewish rabbis coined this extra-biblical expression, a form of a Hebrew word that literally means He caused to dwell, signifying that it was a divine visitation of the presence or dwelling of JEHOVAH God on this earth. The shekinah was first evident when the Israelites set out on their escape from Egypt. There it appeared as a cloudy pillar in the day and a fiery pillar by night: By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people (Exodus 13:20-22).

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The shekinah glory of God also occupied the tabernacle at certain times. The people could see it. He appeared in a cloud over Mt. Sinai and in a burning bush. Isaiah was overwhelmed by the presence of the Lord in smoke that filled the Temple. In every case the people were awed by His power and majesty, the weightiness or heaviness brought about by His shekinah glory.


This sunset, in all its brilliance, reflects the shekinah-His very presence. Psalm 19 says it best. “The heavens declare the (shekinah) glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run its course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth” (vss. 1-6 NIV).


This God of glory created the universe, its inhabitants, parted a sea and a river, led about two and a half million people for forty years through a desert, directed ordinary men to become prophets, and revealed Himself in flesh and blood through His Son, Jesus the Messiah/Christ. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:14). Then this same glory poured out His promised Spirit on ordinary people who began a worldwide discipleship program that is still operating today.


We better learn this verse now because we are going to be repeating it for eternity. “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Rev. 4:11).


So, what are your issues today? Are they so overwhelming that you might not even believe God in all His shekinah glory can handle them? Look again at this photo! Who crafted it? And you think He can’t deal with your issues? While He was setting the table for this brilliant manifestation of shekinah glory, He was at the same time keeping His eye on the sparrow. And He tells us that we are so much more valuable. (Mt. 6:26). Thank you Sarah for capturing a taste of God’s glory and sharing it with us.


Copyright 2014

Bill C. Dotson



Scriptures taken from the New King James Version unless noted otherwise

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