What the Hebrew Bible Says About Glorifying God

What the Hebrew Bible Says About Glorifying God Myra Kahn Adams for Town Hall

Author’s Note: Readers can find all previous volumes of this series here. The first 56 volumes are compiled into the book “Bible Study For Those Who Don’t Read The Bible.”  Part Two, featuring volumes 57-113, will be published later this year.

A special welcome to Townhall readers who “stumble upon this quick, compelling Bible study series.” That is a quote from a reader’s email I received this week. He “thanked Townhall for publishing this study” and wrote, “Blessing to you in your endeavors to make the message of the Bible more clear to readers.”

I share his message because this two-part study (Old Testament now and next week the New) is about glorifying God. And the reason I write this study: To make His Word less intimidating when readers “stumble upon it” while seeking secular news on Townhall.

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Everyone who is trying to glorify God knows it is an active, continuous process, and I believe that is why humans live and breathe. God created us to glorify His kingdom on earth –  a monumental task and difficult to fully embrace. Therefore, the onus is on us to take our God-given gifts and talents, run them through our “processors,” and produce an honest, ethical, legal, biblical way to give them back for His glory.

Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, God says:

“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth— everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (Isaiah 43:6-7). Thus, people who firmly believe that God has formed and created you for His glory bear a burden of fulfillment.

Poetically and magnificently, David wrote about the universal glory of the Lord that weighs heavy on the hearts and minds of believers:

“Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness” (Psalm 29:1-2). 

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