What is this one life, so brief, given to me by God for? I tell you, my dear friends, it’s for Him. It’s for Him, and you will never really discover yourself or your destiny until you’ve discovered that: that’s for Him, and so that you might offer your life to Him to be a means of bringing Him glory and honor.
—Eric Alexander, “Worship God! (Rev. 19:10)” (sermon)
God created the world to reveal Himself. There is, then, a property in God’s being that not only delights in Himself but longs to show Himself. We might say that there is a divine self-love in God. But unlike the display of narcissism in God’s creatures, this self-love is not sinful, for God’s delight in Himself is not a vain misconception. It is just and right.
—John Hannah, To God Be the Glory, 18
Each aspect of worship, preaching, praying, sacraments all involve the glorification of God on the basis of what He has already done for us. It is also the heart of the missionary task of the church. It is the final joy of the saints, to rest from their labors, and the goal and purpose of all creation. “Our being changed from glory into glory is itself for the greater glory of God.” (Geoffrey Wainwright)
—John Thompson, “The Trinity and Worship,” in Modern Trinitarian Perspectives, 103-4
In the ascended Christ there exists our human nature rendering to the Father the glory which man was created in order to render.
—A. M. Ramsey, The Glory of God and the Transfiguration of Christ, 94
Christians are those who live to the glory of God and give Him glory. This is expressed in various formulas as a climactic expression of all acts of public worship. But before it is our doing, and as such, it is God’s own act as triune—one could say an act of self-glorification—an inner trinitarian event.
—John Thompson, “The Trinity and Worship,” in Modern Trinitarian Perspectives, 101
Without the gospel everything is useless and vain; without the gospel we are not Christians; without the gospel all riches is poverty, all wisdom, folly before God; strength is weakness, and all the justice of man is under the condemnation of God.
But by the knowledge of the gospel we are made children of God, brothers of Jesus Christ, fellow townsmen with the saints, citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, heirs of God with Jesus Christ, by whom the poor are made rich, the weak strong, the fools wise, the sinners justified, the desolate comforted, the doubting sure, and slaves free. The gospel is the Word of life and truth. It is the power of God for the salvation of all those who believe.
—John Calvin, “Preface to Olivétan’s New Testament”
O God beyond all praising,
We worship You today,
And sing the love amazing
That songs cannot repay;
For we can only wonder
At every gift you send,
At blessings without number
And mercies without end:
We lift our hearts before You
And wait upon Your word,
We honour and adore You,
Our great and mighty Lord.
Then hear, O gracious Saviour,
Accept the love we bring,
That we who know Your favour
May serve You as our King;
And whether our tomorrows
Be filled with good or ill,
We’ll triumph through our sorrows
And rise to bless You still:
To marvel at Your beauty
And glory in Your ways,
And make a joyful duty
Our sacrifice of praise!
—text by Michael Perry; sung to the tune of Thaxted (Gustav Holst) (in numerous hymnals)