I woke up tired this morning and procrastinated on my morning chores. For one thing, I didn’t put my contacts in right away. It is interesting to go half the morning in a blur. There were unattended crumbs and untreated laundry stains–I just didn’t have eyes to see. The physical points to a deeper reality:
This is my year of beholding and I am looking to have my spiritual myopia corrected a bit. Just this past weekend, I was directed to a wonderful blog post by John Piper. In it, he highlights 2 Corinthians 3:18:
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.
Piper states, “This is one of the greatest secrets I ever discovered: Beholding is becoming.”
Indeed it is our delightful duty to behold the glory of the Lord. As we behold His glory, we become more and more like Him.
But what exactly is glory? I talk about it as if I know what it is, but how is it defined?
As related to the Old Testament, I know the term “shekinah” glory. I have learned that this was an extra-biblical word coined by Jewish rabbis and that it means: “He caused to dwell.” So God’s shekinah glory refers to His holy presence on the earth. In the New Testament, the Greek word for glory is doxa . . .Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! I love it when I come across a passage when the writer, usually Paul, breaks out in a doxology–magnifying God for what He’s done for us in Christ and just getting lost in prolific praise.
So I want to do the same–to praise Him for who He is. To thank Him for every good and perfect gift. I behold–I become!
#49-56: My son singing “Come Ye Sinners” in his low baritone, my daughter asking thoughtful questions about her soul, the gift of years, Anna helping with the chores and working up a sweat, store-bought cake (it’s too hot to bake!), cherries, walking with Him–step by step (Colossians 2:6) and joining the doxology at (in)courage.
God-glory moments in pixels of praise: