We now need to continue defining glorify. What would be a good definition of glorify when we are speaking about God?
As I pointed out last post, glorify doesn’t mean adding to God something he doesn’t possess. I will also say that glorifying God doesn’t mean exaggerating what he has done. When it was said of Saul that he slayed his thousands and David his tens of thousands, it was figurative language to show the kingliness of these men while also demonstrating who was the better king. The truth is, however, that we have no idea if David killed ten thousand people himself. His army certainly. And thus, we have figure of speech.
When it comes to speaking about God, there is no exaggerating. You cannot go beyond saying God is the creator of all things. There is no one greater. These aren’t exaggerations but facts. With God we cannot praise him figuratively. Our praise, even when we aim to accurately speak of his works, falls short of how glorious he is. Which is opposite when we praise others. When we praise others we take what they did and exaggerate it. David killed his tens of thousands. Molly wrote the best modern novel. Jack is the greatest mechanic. These statements aren’t fact but figurative language that is trying to demonstrate something about them.
So, to glorify God is to speak of him truly and to say it in a way that accurately and beautifully represents that truth. Take for example, “God made everything.” This is true but it’s not praising him if left by itself. “All of creation sings of his glory,” accurately and beautifully speaks the truth. Now someone might say, “but that’s figurative.” This is true if they mean that the only figurative part is that all creation can sing. All creation cannot sing, however, as John the baptist points out, God can even raise up children from rocks to sing praises. Or, as Jesus said in the New Testament, the rocks will cry out if the children don’t.
So even though figurative language is used, it is used because God is so glorious that we cannot begin to explain and declare it. So, we exaggerate reality in order to speak of God’s greatness. Where as we exaggerate the person when we are speaking of their greatness. We cannot exaggerate God. He is far beyond us, and so we will continue to exaggerate reality to try to begin to explain and declare his glory.
Now that is only one part of what it means to glorify. But, this is primarily how I would define it when it comes to speaking about God or writing about God. There is also the fact that one cannot please God apart from faith. If we desire to please him, we must do all things in faith. Which is a far bigger concept that I myself have yet to dive into all the implications, but I believe it would be suffice to say that if one believes God has called them to write for work or just do it for pleasure, as long as they do it in a context of loving God with everything, then they are glorifying God BY writing. By is a key word because I believe one can glorify God in the act of writing without actually writing glorifying things. But that’s another topic for another time.
Glory, then, when speaking about God, is the greatness and holiness of God, and to glorify him with words is to speak of him in a manner that matches the truth being spoken of. If God is good, then to praise him is to describe that goodness in a manner worthy of that goodness.
Now that we have defined writing (the act of visually displaying concepts into symbols) and glorify (to tell of the truth of God in a manner worthy of that truth), let’s answer the question of how a man write’s to the Glory of God.
To write to God’s glory is to write as a Christian, who believes in Jesus Christ, and believes all things of God, hopes in all things God has declared, trusts in God, and then writes with that as a foundation but by writing books that display, represent, and emphatically push forth the beauty of God. That may be explicit, as in Christian romance books, or it may be simply by the driving truth within a story, much like how a tree displays God’s glory but not because it says it does but because it cannot help but glorify God by being a tree. So a story that implicitly glorifies God does so not by explicitly being “Christian” but by demonstrating the truth of God that many people might reject when you mention Christ but love when you mention a firefighter who runs into a building to save a child, saves the child, and the firefighter still dies.
So we write to the Glory of God by being Christians who know and love God above all things, and then writes about those truth’s or write’s stories that display those truth’s.
May there be more of those raised up. May I be one of those.