To God be the glory

Dr. Robin H. Kimbrough

Dr. Robin H. Kimbrough

When there are no words to say, giving glory to God is always in order. To God be the glory! The glory of the Lord is his mighty presence with us and the reassurance of his love, even in the midst of difficult and good times. God gets all the glory.

God’s glory rested upon the tabernacle Moses built in response to God’s instructions. When the glory rested on the tabernacle, it filled the tabernacle and had presence of smoke and fire. The glory of God penetrated the tabernacle, and prevented even Moses from entering the tabernacle (Exodus 40: 34-38). This image of God’s glory lets us know that glory references God’s presence and power. This is why when we experience God in this way, we should give all the glory to God.

God gets the glory in all of our situations. God gets glory out of circumstances, whether bad or good. When we experience healing, deliverance, and restoration, we must give God the glory. Although we may have gone to the doctor, visited it with a therapist, or taken a long vacation, God still must get the credit for everything good and every resource that brings us out. To God be the glory. Often, we want to give the glory to some person, place, thing, or even ourselves. But the truth of the matter is God gets the glory. While in divinity school, during my last semester, I had not gone to class because I had a baby and had been working as an attorney. The dean of the school had called me to let me know that there was no way I could pass my church history midterm exam, and that I should drop the class. In tears, I told the dean that I would be taking the midterm and whatever happens would happen. My professor called me personally to let me know that I had passed his exam. Immediately, I shouted: “To God be glory!” He said: “You should give yourself the credit. You did all the work.” Then I explained: “I could not do the work without God.”

God gets all the glory. When we experience his awesomeness, we cannot help but say,: “To God be glory!”

Even in those times of suffering and disappointed, God still gets the glory. He gets the glory, because in the midst of tears, hurt and pain, we witness people still praising God. As we unravel all of it, we see God’s grace at work. This is the glory that filled the tabernacle. Sometimes God will permit our personal pain to become public and impossible, so that when God brings us out, we will and everyone around us will have to give God the glory—no one else.
To God be the glory!