Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.
What is God’s glory? How can we see it? God’s glory is related to who He is and what He does. It’s His essence and His expression. For example, in the psalms we read: “You are good and do good” (Ps. 119:68). Since God is good He cannot do anything but good. The same is true with His glory. Since He is glorious in His very being, He cannot but do glorious things. Therefore, everything that God has done, is doing, and will do communicates His essential glory.
One of the great testimonies and expressions of His glory is creation. In Romans we read: “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Rom. 1:20).
Creation reveals God! David said: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Ps. 19:1-2). Creation continuously communicates God’s glory. That’s why Paul also said that no one is “without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).
Unfortunately, many times we’re blind to creation’s strong and clear message. Our minds are often dull to see and understand its expression of God’s glory. We go through life without any due consideration. In doing so, we shortcut ourselves, for the study of God’s glory is the greatest study there is. Nothing comes even close. If we’re captivated by a gorgeous sunset, how much more delightful is the God who painted it.
In Revelation we have a powerful declaration: “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power.” John also gives us the reason for God’s worthiness: “For you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Creation’s great testimony is that God created ex-nihilo—out of nothing. In Hebrews we read: “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Heb. 11:3). God did not use any matter in order to create. He did so out of nothing. He “calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Rom. 4:17). That’s the expression of God’s glory, giving hope and comfort. He can truly bring things out of nothing, including in and through our lives.
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