Today is the National Day of Prayer. Added to the many prayer points is the prayer for God’s glory to flood the earth. But what does glory mean? Is it a self-centered or foolish thing to pray when there are so many serious needs? Well, you be the judge. Here is what Glory means:
Recently, I opened my Bible to Psalms and Psalm 29 caught my eye. The word ‘GLORY’ kept drawing attention and I felt the need to dig in and see if there was treasure Holy Spirit wanted me to find.
Here is Psalm 29 NKJV (I capitalized and put all the glory word in italics)
Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the LORD GLORY and strength.
2 Give unto the LORD the GLORY due to His name;
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
The God of GLORY thunders;
The LORD is over many waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
The voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars,
Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire.
8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “GLORY!”
10 The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the LORD sits as King forever.
11 The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace.
In Hebrew words often have more than one Strong’s number, but ‘glory’ in Psalm 29 all have the name number. #3519 comes from #3513.
The definition of #3519 in Strong’s is kaw-bode’: weight, splendor:—glorious(-ly), glory, honour(-able). #3519 is a noun.
In Hebrew, #3519 looks like this – כָּבוֹד
Reading from right to left the letters are Kaf, Bet, Vav, and Dallet.
Hebrew letters have names, number values, pictures, and meanings. It’s the only language having all these elements and each element is full of treasure.
Here are the elements for these letters:
Kaf 20 = Anointing of the hand on the head, Redemption. Pictograph: Openhand. Means: To Bend Down, Surrender, Palm of the Hand, Wing, Cover, Allow – Good works with our hand in Yeshua’s
Bet 2 = Divide or Division. Pictograph: A tent, house or family. Means: House/Family; God’s word, God’s dwelling place (Temple)
Vav 6 = Man. Pictograph: Nail or Hook. Means: Nail or Hook, to Secure, Pin together, Connect -Yeshua is our Vav
Dalet 4 = Earth or creation. Pictograph: a Door. Means: Door, Gate, Impoverished man, to come from indicates a pathway, a place of decision, movement in or out.
Now moving on to the primary root #3513 – כָּבד. Where #3519 is a noun, #3513 is a verb and more often is used in ‘to glorify, or make glorious, to honor or honorable. It is spelled with a Kaf, Bet, and Dalet.
Looking at the definitions above we can say to glorify God requires more than lip service.
This is what it looks like when we glorify God:
As a member of God’s house, His family (Bet) we come in and go out through the Door (Yeshua) as an impoverished man – humble or poor in spirit (Dalet). We are fully surrendered to God, doing what He’s ordained us to do by the grace found in Yeshua (Vav & Kaf). In so doing, God receives all the honor and praise.
Sounds a bit like what Yeshua said at the Sermon on the Mount: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
In John 19:20-24 Yeshua said this: Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
To me, to pray for God’s glory to cover the earth is to pray for a huge change of heart in all of us from pride and self-centeredness to humility and obedience to God and His plans. It is placing God at the head of our list to receive praise and honor. Not a selfish prayer at all.
If we all indeed lived to glorify God, many would be drawn to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, because love would be the basis of all we do and say.
Join me today in praying for His glory to cover the earth.