Psalms 8:4-5 What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
We were created by God in His image and likeness, and we were created with glory. The first time we sinned we lost that God given glory.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
We have been craving glory ever since, and we are always seeking for ways to enhance our sense of worth and value. The problem is that we seek for glory from other people and it isn’t real or lasting, it does not meet our need for glory.
John 5:44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?
The opposite of receiving glory is to experience shame; we fear shame more than anything else in life. It is said that men fear failure more than anything else in life, but it is the sense of shame that failure brings that they fear. Certain people in our life have a way of shaming us with their words; we don’t like them much.
God is the one who gives glory, not people. God gives His glory to those who seek Him, to those who seek a growing relationship with Him, as the Bible puts it, ”To those who seek His Face”
The primary way to seek God’s face, to seek His presence is through prayer. We usually pray because we have a need, a problem, a concern that we want God to fix. We don’t realize that our greatest need is glory and majesty from God, and when we spend time in prayer because we desire more of Him He meets our greatest need.
Next week, December 7th through the 11th, is JBC’s ”Five Days of Prayer.” I am planning on praying at least six hours each of the five days. I am doing that because I want very much to see God work in our country, in our church, and in my life. Over the years of participating in these prayer events God has blessed me with a sense of self-worth and confidence that is not based on any accomplishments, it is not based on my perceived impressions of people’s opinion of me, it is based on a sense of God’s pleasure in me because of my wanting more of Him.