Glory for action

God deserves all the praise. He has done it all. We merely respond positively to his powerful and grace-filled actions. God is the subject, and all the verbs are his. He reveals, saves, calls, redeems, sanctifies, preserves, equips, transforms, loves, judges, disciplines, sends, and blesses. So let us make him the object of our praise!

Glory with fear

Revere the Lord with fear and trembling! Terrifying thing it is to fall into the hands of the living God, the righteous Judge! His name is holy — woe to him who speaks it without meaning! The glory is God’s, and we must honor him fully or face the consequences!

Glory for music

Glory to God for music of the soul to raise to his heights, for worship in spirit and truth, for teaching through song, for the blessing of stirring one another’s hearts in the fellowship of hymns, for the swelling of thanksgiving in the cadence of singing. He puts the song of praise on our lips!

Glory for working

God works upon our hearts, our minds, our wills, our consciences. His word affects us deeply. His Spirit changes us into the image of the Son. The Cross brings forgiveness and inner cleansing. God is at work in us. He fills and fulfills. He repairs our brokenness. He reaches the inner person that no other can touch. Praise him, praise him, praise him!

Glory for commanding

Glory to God for commanding his angelic armies to serve his subjects on earth! Glory to God for ruling his kingdom, that wise and holy Sovereign who blesses his people in Christ! Glory to God for speaking his word of power, by which he creates, sustains and destroys!

Glory for nearness

Glory to God for coming near to his creature — he who sits enthroned above all powers and authorities, but loves and aids his fallen mankind, who still pursues a fellowship most unlikely, Creator with his creation, Spirit with flesh and blood, the Almighty with the helpless and powerless, the Exalted with the meek and lowly!