Glory: A Word Study

{A huge welcome & thank you to Amanda for this beautiful guest post. You can read her bio and find her links at the bottom of this post!} 

The Beauty of His Spirit

-a word study on Glory

Glory.

When I asked God what He wanted me to study for this blog post, He immediately gave me this word. I’ve read it thousands of times in the Bible, but I’ve never stopped to examine what it really means. Not only that, but as I started my research for this post, I quickly realized that there was a depth and a beauty to “glory” that I didn’t expect!

So, I’m truly excited to bring you this word study about “glory” and give you some ideas about how you can write the Scriptures through Bible journaling with it.

How to Do Biblical Word Study

Before we move forward, I want to let you know how I personally go about doing a word study.

1. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: Usually, the first place I go is Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance where I look up the definition for the word.

The reference for the word “glory” I will be using is Psalm 19:1. In Hebrew, it is “kabode” (3519) and it means “properly weight; but only figuratively in a good sense, splendor or copiousness: – glorious (-ly), glory, honour (-able).”

2. Look at multiple occurrences: From there, I look for other places the word appears in the Bible. The word “kabode” occurs 200 times in the Bible, so it gets used a lot! I wasn’t going to read all of them, so I specifically looked for references where people experienced God’s glory and I read about those. However, I often look at a variety of contexts in which the word is used to give me a more rounded understanding of what the word REALLY means.

3. Commentaries: After I feel like I have a strong grasp about how it is used in the Bible, I move onto commentaries. Some of my favorite places to look are DesiringGod.org, GotQuestions.org, and BibleStudyTools.com. In this case, however, reading these commentaries did not ease my concerns about how I was going to define what glory meant!

Nowhere could I find glory = _____. It didn’t exist. But thankfully, John Piper helped a sister out and explained that trying to define the word “glory” was like trying to define the word “beauty”. After my studying, this comparison made a lot of sense.
PINNING “GLORY” DOWN-

How would you go about defining the word “beauty” to someone? You can’t define it simply, like you might define a bird or a tree, beauty encompasses too many things. You have to show them examples of beauty. It is the same with the word “glory”, you have to show people where glory occurs and allow them to experience it.

Glory is the beauty of God’s Spirit and the clearest picture of glory I can give you is Jesus.

Jesus is the most tangible definition of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3). His life, what He stood for, why He died, how He loves you, all of these things are the summation of glory.

It can be easier to understand what glory is if we describe how we respond to it as people. Glory is something that occurs all around you. It occurs in you. It refreshes your heart. It connects you to God. It provides for all your needs. It helps you realize what you were meant for.

I know, I know. All this waxes on poetic, but glory is like poetry. It is the rustle of the leaves in the fall. It is the breathtaking view of the mountains that makes you cry. It is the ocean crashing onto the shore. It is in the shining of the moon and stars (1 Corinthians 15:41)!

Encountering God’s glory is that moment during the worship service when you forget where you are and time seems like a distant concept. Glory connects you to God. It is something God radiates. Heaven is full of it (Revelation 21:23). You are destined to be full of it (Ephesians 3:16-19).

THE FULL WEIGHT OF GOD:

Glory can be described as the full weight of God’s nature. All of His goodness and faithfulness, all of the “I AM” statements He makes about Himself, all of His power and kingliness, all of His creativity, holiness, righteousness, wrath, and love, all of these things make up His glory. Glory is not one thing: it’s all the things about God!

We can liken glory to a cut diamond. It is brilliant, it reflects light, it is beautiful, and it has many different facets. Or we can compare glory to the sun: it brings life, warmth, light, and healing to our bodies and the earth, it is overwhelming big (a million earths can fit in it), and you can’t look at it directly or get too close or you’ll die.

REACTIONS TO GOD’S GLORY:

All in all, glory is pretty much mind-blowing, and we see this in how people often react to it in the Old Testament.

Moses asked to see God’s glory, to which He agreed, but only allowed Moses to see His back because looking at His face would have killed Moses (Exodus 33:18-23). Whoa, that sounds intense! Ezekiel saw God’s glory in a vision and he described it as a rainbow all around him, and then he fell on his face (Ezekiel 1:28).

Isaiah also witnessed God’s glory in a vision and it made him cry because he became painstakingly aware of his sin (Isaiah 6:5).

CONCLUSION:

So, how do you define glory? It is the essence of God and it is so good (holy, righteous, full of justice, wrath, and love) that too much of it will kill you. So, handle it with caution! 😉

BIBLE JOURNALING PROMPT:

At the beginning of this post, I told you I was going to give you some ideas about how you can Bible journal and write the Scriptures with the word “glory”…but how do you do that if “glory” encompasses so many things? Don’t worry, I got you covered!

One of my favorite ways to commemorate a word study is to take the Hebrew or Greek word (we just studied the Hebrew word “kabode”) and to letter it in my journaling Bible and to think of a word picture that I can easily draw with my lettering.

Because glory is a lot like the sun, I decided to hand letter the word and, above it, to draw a simple rising sun. Below the word “kabode”, I wrote the definition from the Strong’s and did a bit of journaling about what I found in my word study. You could do the same or rewrite the key verse below the definition of kabode.

As a Bible journaling teacher, my favorite medium is watercolor, so I added a touch of yellow paint and it really made the whole entry pop!

If you don’t like the idea of a drawing a sun, we also likened glory to a diamond, so you could draw to a diamond. You could paint a view of the mountains, the ocean, or someone worshiping God with their hands raised. You could draw Jesus, the stars in the sky, or simply stick with hand lettering “kabode”. If you felt very brave, you could try writing kabode in the original Hebrew language!

There are so many possibilities because glory encompasses so many things. I would encourage you to try the idea that speaks the most to your heart!

If you give it a try, I’d love to see it! I am very active on Instagram at @movethemountains, so don’t forget to tag me. If you would like to learn more about Bible journaling for beginners, I have a free tutorial series called “Tuesdays to Create”: you can sign up for it at bit.ly/biblejournalingtutorial.

Thanks for joining and journaling with me!

Peace and love,

Amanda

Amanda Schenkenberger is the voice behind Move the Mountains and a Bible journaling teacher. She has a passion for helping women get into the Word creatively and creates tutorials and kits for Bible journaling beginners and those who don’t feel artsy. Join her free Bible journaling tutorial series called, “Tuesdays to Create” at bit.ly/biblejournalingtutorial.

30 Days of Praying the Attributes of God

Why is it so important to know WHO God is?

The father of lies is active in this world. The enemy is prowling. He seeks to tell us lie after lie about who God is and who we are in Christ. If we are not diligently seeking the face of God through His Word, if we don’t know WHO He is, we will fall prey to these lies! We will begin to believe them. And what we believe is a big deal. What we believe impacts how we live our lives.

Let’s spend 30 days reading, studying, writing & praying through 30 verses that tell us WHO God is and what He is like. Grab a journal and start this plan at any time!

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Attributes of God-2 PDF

Why write the Word? Why pray the Word?

Both of these disciplines have helped the Word of God to sink deep within my heart in ways that just reading has not done. We write things down that are important. Things we want to remember. Why not write down the very most important words we’ve ever been given? Read more about writing the Word here & find a whole page of FREE resources.

Sometimes we don’t have words to pray. So praying His Word gives words to our heart’s cry. Read 10 Benefits of Praying the Scriptures here. 

Praying and writing the Word of God doesn’t have to be hard. Read the passage, speak it aloud to God, ask Him to change you through the power of His Word.  Subscribe to His Mercy is New by email and receive a FREE quick-guide to praying God’s Word!

Follow along on Instagram and I will share my thoughts with the hashtag #PrayingTheScriptures or #WritetheWord and for this study, I will also use #AttributesofGod 

Give me Hinds Feet for High Places

Though the fig tree does not blossom,
    and no fruit is on the vines;
though the produce of the olive fails,
    and the fields yield no food;
though the flock is cut off from the fold,
    and there is no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will exult in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    and makes me tread upon the heights.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 

Even though we have struggles, even though we have doubts, even though life is hard, even though I mess up daily…YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD.

What is your “even though?”

Maybe it’s sickness, maybe it’s divorce, maybe it’s disability, maybe it’s anxiety, maybe it’s a prodigal child. Can you rejoice in GOD even though?? HE is the Sovereign Lord and HE is our strength. All of these “even thoughs” are what God is using to grow our hinds feet. Those hinds feet will allow us to walk upon the heights, cling to the narrow path, grow stronger…and then go back into the valley strong and able to share His love.

In the book, Hinds Feet for High Places, the main character’s name is Much Afraid. I am fairly certain we can all relate to this name and have felt that would be our name at one time or another. Or maybe even daily.

Yet, Much Afraid decides to follow the Good Shepherd up on the heights. Despite her crippled feet and crooked mouth that can’t speak well, she begins the climb.

Just like the author of the passage in Habakkuk, many trials await Much Afraid. The path gets narrow. Her enemies Pride, Bitterness and Craven Fear meet her around many corners of the path.

Yet the moment she calls out to the Good Shepherd He is there with her. He is listening, caring for her, and helping her on her climb.

Yet, He won’t carry her all the way. Because she must develop her own hinds feet.

We must all develop our hinds feet. The trials of this life are what develops these feet with which we can withstand the storms of life.

If you need to be encouraged on the difficult path you are facing, I highly recommend you check out this classic.

Also spend some time reading and meditating on this passage of Scripture from Habakkuk chapter 3. Ask the Lord to grow your hinds feet and to give you peace, patience and wisdom as you walk the path He has carved out for you.

I am reading the children’s book with my kids and it is also excellent!!

More Encouragement

I know this video and song will encourage your heart just like it has mine!

Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

This is such a well known and beloved verse among believers. Yet even for those of us who have been walking with the Lord for many years, this passage can bring such hope and encouragement to our hearts.

Do you trust Him?

I mean really trust Him?

Here is how the word TRUST is defined: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.

Do we RELY on God’s integrity? His strength? His ability? His surety? Is our CONFIDENCE in Him?

Or do we rely on our own strength? Do we have confidence in our own ability or career or material items or relationships?

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7

When things fall apart, do you find yourself questioning everything? You may be placing your trust in something other than God. Trusting God doesn’t mean our lives will go smoothly and perfectly.

Trusting God means that even when our world falls apart, we know without a doubt we are loved and that God has a plan and purpose for our life and for our pain.

How do we learn to trust Him more?

I think this is a prayer God loves to answer. Ask Him to increase your faith. Ask Him for more trust. Ask Him to allow the Holy Spirit to prick your heart during the day as you are tempted to lean on your own understanding. Ask Him to change you from the inside out.

Change your focus. Instead of focusing on what is happening all around you, the world, your troubles, the bad stuff you see everywhere, fix your eyes on things UNSEEN. Because the unseen is what is eternal. The unseen, God and His love and the promise of eternity with Him, THAT is where our confidence needs to lie.

“So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.  For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,  because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We don’t lose heart because our trust is in God. Even though the rest of the world may be falling apart, our inner nature is being RENEWED day by day because of God. This affliction we face here on earth is momentary, it is nothing compared to the GLORY He is preparing us for. Because when we look at what we see with our human eyes, we miss out on so much. We must, instead, focus on the unseen, for it is eternal.

Where is your trust today, friend? 

When I Am Overwhelmed…

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2

When I am overwhelmed by the loss and suffering around me, I remind my heart that God is not overwhelmed.

When I’m praying for comfort for others, I remember that He is the God of all comfort and I ask Him to show up in tangible ways.

When I am asking God to show me ways to love on those who are hurting, I am reminded that I am not called to fix it but to show love and let the Almighty step in and do His thing.

When I am mad at the enemy for seemingly winning some ground I remind my heart of our VICTORY in JESUS and that I know the end of the story.

When I look around and see despair, I remind myself that Jesus Himself said there would be trouble in this world, but not to fear because HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD.

I must tell my heart, and those whom I love that are hurting, that our HOPE is built on NOTHING LESS than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!!

On CHRIST the SOLID ROCK we will STAND.