In the Lord’s Prayer, we begin by saying, “Father, may your name be regarded as holy. May your kingdom come and your will be done on the earth in the same way that your will is done in heaven.”
Can you hear some of these same desires in Psalm 57:11: “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth”?
Have you noticed any ways in which God’s glory shines here on earth? Romans 1:20 tells us that ever “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.” Through the world of God’s creation, we can see God’s glory displayed.
In addition, we ourselves help make God’s glory known to others: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Why do we want to give glory to God? Well, he deserves praise for all that he has made and sustained. In addition, we are meant to praise God. We will never find lasting satisfaction in this life unless we give God credit for all that is good and praise his name.
How do we, as human beings, participate in making God’s glory radiate over all the earth? By loving God, loving our neighbors, and loving ourselves as unique children of our heavenly Father. When we marinate in God’s love, we are equipped to shine like the stars in the night sky.