Glory and Beauty
One thing have I asked of the Lord…
that I may gaze upon the beauty of the Lord… (Psalm 27:4)
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. (Psalm 29:2)
The Greek word for “glory” is doxa, which is about radiance, beauty, majesty, fame, and honor. The word evolved from the notion of “weight” or “substance.” It is human nature to give glory to something or someone–to be awed. Moral excellence and love are beautiful. Justice in society is beautiful. In the same way, there is moral ugliness—especially the ugliness of religious pride. A person can be immoral in their morality when it is self-righteous and judgmental.
This page gathers writings about the glory and beauty of God: what it is, why it matters, and what writers and poets have said about it. There are a number of links below regarding the theology of the glory of God, but first I just want to share why the glory of God matters to me personally.
What does “God’s glory” refer to? God’s glory is his beauty, majesty, weightiness, attractiveness, and radiance—his overwhelming presence as an eternal community of love who delights in giving. His glory is revealed in the diversity and delights of his creation and in the majestic divinity and beautiful humanity of Jesus Christ.
A Brief Introduction to God’s Glory
Scriptural Passages on God’s Glory
Books on God’s Glory
Quotes on God’s Glory
Bible Project Podcast on The Glory of God