How do we give glory to God these days? Football players doing end zone dances along with the sign of the cross, and Oscar winning actors thanking God in their acceptance speeches are common sights on TV. Are they glorifying God?
Sometimes we think that giving glory to God must be dignified and respectful and properly done in church. But glory means simply pointing to God as the sole giver of all that we have. Even the enthusiastic shouts of a child on Christmas are glorious to God, as much as the sincere hymns we offer in church. When we give thanks to God for whatever good thing has happened in our life, or for even our smallest accomplishments, we are glorifying God.
Whether God has given us athletic skills or the skills to ease the cares of others, all of our accomplishments come from God. Noticing what God has done for us and thanking God for it is giving glory to God. We don’t have to be fancy or splashy in our thanks–even a simple “Thank God” is equal to the praise of the creatures in heaven.
Gracious God, thank you that our thanks is sufficient to glorify you. Amen. — KDH