1 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
A. The Glory of God Defined
Jeffery Johnson: “God’s glory is the sum of all that God is. It is the radiance, majesty, beauty, and splendor that sine forth from His unchangeable and eternal essence.”
Jonathan Edwards: “Glory is a shining forth, the excellency of God flowing forth, so that the glory of God is the shining forth of his perfections.”
B. The Glory of God: His Desire – Our Created Purpose
1. God desires us to behold His glorious Person: 2 Cor. 4:6
– Christ yearns for His bride’s literal presence in glory: John 17:24a
– Christ yearns to fully satisfy His bride by His glorious Person: John 17:24b
2. God created us to resemble Him (His Image)
– Our purpose in life: Pre-fall