HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE GLORY OF GOD-Transformed By His Name(An in-depth Study)

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How to Experience The Glory of God

Have you ever wondered what it is like to live in the glory of God daily? Is it possible for every believer to walk in and enjoy the glory and the presence of God always? Does walking in the glory of God require some “heavy” spiritual activity that only the spiritual “giants” can do?

There’s no saying it, every true child of God, like Moses, has a deep desire to experience God. God and His glory are one and the same hence like Moses, a cry for the glory of God is a cry for God.

If there’s one thing everyone needs to experience daily, it is the glory of God. Experiencing the glory of God is the same as experiencing God and all that He is. This experience is the key to a full life in Christ. This is the reason in all your walk with God you need to learn how to experience the glory for yourself, on your own, without the need to depend on a church service or a special programme.

Why do you need the glory of God?

Before we look at what the glory of God is, we want to know what the benefits of the glory of God are. Why do you need to seek to experience the glory of God and walk in it every day?

^^^^ It is the key to radical, effortless transformation. If you want to be like Jesus each day, then you need to gaze on His glory.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)

When the prophet Isaiah saw the glory of God in Isaiah chapter 6, it led to his own transformation. The glory of God gave him a true revelation of himself, humbling him in the presence of God, leading to God’s work of transformation happening in his life.

“So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.” Isaiah 6:5–7 (NKJV)

Encountering, and living in the glory of God is the key to effortless, radical, and instantaneous transformation!

The beautiful thing about God’s glory is that we don’t have to wait again to have an Isaiah chapter 6 experience in order to experience the glory of God.

Since Jesus has come, He came and unveiled God’s glory to us!

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NKJV)

“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.” John 1:15–16 (NKJV)

“who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power,” Hebrews 1:3 (NKJV)

So according to the verse in 2 Cor3:18, we can look upon His glory every day and experience this transformation. We don’t have to wait to have some unusual out-of-this-world experience!

^^^^ Many Blessings in the glory: One of the defining marks of the life of King David was an unusual appetite for the presence and glory of God. He expressed this desire in many places. One of such places is found in Psalm 27, and there we see a number of benefits of walking in the glory of God listed.

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle. He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;” Psalm 27:4–6 (NKJV).

The glory of the Lord is also the beauty of the Lord and David desired to gaze on that beauty all His life. Gazing here goes deeper than just looking at it. It is a word for experiencing and walking in the glory of God.

In these verses experiencing the glory of God results in

Intimacy with God…The greatest blessing that comes from experiencing the glory of God is that you have the opportunity to be deeply intimate with God. This was the controlling and dominant desire of David…to gaze on the glory of the Lord all his life and enquire or seek God in His temple. Dwelling in the house of God is dwelling, relating, and having intimate communion with God.

“When You said, “Seek My face,” My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me.”Psalm 27:8–10 (NKJV).

This intimacy was such a priority to David that he knew even if human relationships such as even those of parents fail, God was more than sufficient for him. You can see from the verses above that in the process of gazing on the beauty and glory of God he was having heart-to-heart conversations with God “…my heart said to You…”

In the glory, you have deep heart-to-heart conversations with God.

Psalm 27:4 NKJV

^^^^ Protection “…For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle. He shall hide me;”

^^^^ Promotion, enemy defying promotion! “…He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;”

When you interface with His glory, He will lift and promote you in spite of and even in the presence of your enemies.

^^^^ More blessings in the glory: It is certain we cannot exhaust the blessings and benefits that we receive when we experience the glory of God. The beauty of it all is that we can and should practically live in His glory and therefore experience these blessings as part of our lives.

Isaiah 60 shows us a lot of other blessings that are ours as children of God who live in the glory of God. God is glory and we live, move, and have our being in God. This means as children of God we exist in the glory of God. That is the reason we need to know what the glory entails and make the most of our inheritance in Christ.

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1–2 (NKJV)

^^^^ where others experience darkness and difficulties, you will experience light.

^^^^ you attract greatness and great people without effort. The glory of God in your life draws them to you. This has a far-reaching impact on ministry, promotion, and blessings wherever you are. Home, school, office, and so on.

^^^^ you will experience restoration in family relationships

^^^^ You will experience deep joy

^^^^ The glory also means wealth. So when you seek His glory, you experience great wealth often with minimal effort. Wealth will come at you from all directions.

^^^^ people who once treated you badly will come back and make amends, acknowledging God in your life.

By and large, when you experience and walk in the glory of God, you will walk in all the blessings of God available to you in Christ Jesus. The glory of God is therefore your ticket to all-round transformation.

The Delight of His glory

There is a sweetness, a delightsome attractiveness of the Person of God. This evidently was one of the things that was attracting David to God. It became the driving force of His life.

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:4 (NKJV)

The beauty of the Lord here in Hebrew means kindness, pleasantness, delightfulness, beauty, favour. agreeableness, delight, suitableness, splendor, or grace. Strong’s Concordance with Hebrew and Greek Lexicons

While the word “behold” in Hebrew means to not only to see or perceive, it means to contemplate with pleasure as well as to experience.

Brown–Driver–Briggs Hebrew Lexicon adds ‘” to see as a seer in the ecstatic state”

This tells us that God is delightsome in His person. Simply contemplating and gazing on His Person brings pleasure. There is a sweetness about His Person. This is far beyond what He gives. It is not just about His blessings, it is about His Person. When you come to experience this pleasure of His Person, like King David it becomes the quest of your life.

This is what makes worship and prayer a delight. There is a pleasure about His person that drowns all other pleasures. This desire to not miss His Person is one of the strongest antidotes against sin. At this level, you are not resisting sin because you are afraid of the dangers and consequences of sin. Rather you are worried about not being able to fellowship with Him. You do not want sin to affect your heart and your gaze. Sin hardens the heart, beclouding your vision of Him. Therefore when you have tasted of His Person and do taste and experience Him daily you don’t want anything to obstruct this fellowship.

No wonder David’s cry when he sinned was “…do not take Your Holy Spirit from me…” Man was made to walk with God and losing that walk leads to aimlessness and emptiness. Our lifelong quest is to know Him better and experience Him deeper.

Discovering the joy of the Person of God to me is the height, the realization of what it is to walk with God. Enoch walked with God and was translated to glory. Moses cried “show me your glory.” The apostle Paul’s heartfelt cry was ‘That I may know Him…” At this point in your walk with God, He alone is your motivation, not the blessings He gives no matter how beautiful they may be. God, the pleasure of loving Him and having intimate fellowship and deep conversations with Him becomes the purpose of your life. Obedience naturally flows out of such a relationship. All you are motivated by love not by the fear of punishment. No wonder the apostle Paul exhorts us to rejoice in the Lord! Not in what He gives but in His Person. Hallelujah!

WHAT IS THE GLORY OF GOD?

The word glory in Hebrew is Kabod which means ‘weight’, honour, abundance, riches, splendour, reputation, reverence, and dignity. While the Greek word for glory Doxa adds the aspect of how man sees that glory of God. It speaks of the glory as it is apparent and manifest. The glory of God is the Kingly majesty of God especially as it is revealed and manifested.

The glory of God is all God is! The glory of God is the fullness of God!

LEVELS OF THE GLORY OF GOD.

The glory of God was manifested to man in various ways and at various levels. God told Moses that He could not see the glory of God and live. Then John tells us we behold the glory of God in the incarnate Christ. The apostle Paul also says we gaze on the glory of God and are transformed into what we see. He further says in 2 Cor3 4:6, that we have “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

So the glory of God manifests in various ways and at different levels all with life-changing results.

We can say from the Bible we see the glory manifesting at the corporate level and also at an individual level. All with varying intensities. At the corporate level, the glory often comes in a big way on special occasions. Individuals also experienced the glory in big ways and on special occasions, but the vast majority especially from the new testament language indicates God’s desire is for us to walk in His glory on daily a basis without waiting for some special occasions or some out-of-this-world manifestations.

Examples of the big manifestations of the glory of God were at mount Sinai when God came down.

We see it again in Exodus 40 when the Tabernacle in the wilderness was set up.

“Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” Exodus 40:34–35 (NKJV)

The glory came down again in a big way at the dedication of the Temple of Solomon, such that the priests could not minister.

“When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house.

When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying:” 2 Chronicles 7:1–3 (NKJV)

These big manifestations of God’s glory were at a congregational level.

Then individuals like the Prophet Isaiah and Ezekiel also experienced the big manifestations of God’s glory.

Isaiah 6:1–4 (NKJV): “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

The whole earth is full of His glory!” And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.”

Also in Ezekiel chapter 1, the prophet encountered the glory of God and gave very vivid descriptions.

“Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.” Ezekiel 1:28 (NKJV).

All through the Bible both in the Old and New Testaments congregations and individuals experienced the awesome glory of God. Daniel saw the Ancient of Days, The Apostle John saw the Alpha and Omega, the Lamb of God, and the throne room in great detail all documented for our blessing leading us to worship the Lord.

Aside from the great manifestations, we have the glory of God revealed and manifested in our daily walk with God. Although not as phenomenal and extraordinary as the examples we have given so far, yet the impact is still life-changing especially because it is meant to be daily and ongoing.

We are meant to dwell in His Presence permanently

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1 (NKJV).

You can paraphrase this verse to be “He who dwells in the glory of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the glory of the Almighty”

When we dwell in His presence, we will walk in the glory.

Again we remember David’s desire to dwell permanently in the Presence of God and to gaze upon His beauty. Do you wonder what benefits that would bring?

Again we remind ourselves of what the apostle Paul tells us in 2 Cor3:18

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

So as we gaze on Him daily, we become like Him. That’s the whole essence of desiring to see and walk in the glory of God-transformation, intimacy, and worship.

So the glory comes in a big way for very specific encounters and for God to do something unique, but most of the time, we will encounter the glory in the day-to-day routine of our lives. Might not be “phenomenal” in terms of the display of lights and majesty but still phenomenal in impact and even in how we feel and experience Him. In other words, the intensity of the glory we experience daily will be more of an internal encounter with God. A daily individual walk with God with life-transforming results.

How To Experience The Glory of God

HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE GLORY OF GOD DAILY

One of the prayers of the apostle Paul was that “…the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all” 2 Corinthians 13:14 (NKJV), telling us that God’s desire for us is constant and uninterrupted communion with Him. This is what we are made for and it is the deepest yearning of our spirits. This as we have seen was the prayer and pursuit of King David when he said:

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:4 (NKJV)

So how do we experience the glory of God? How do we taste this delightsomeness of God such that it becomes the all-consuming passion and pursuit of our lives?

  1. Know the glory of God in the written word: What this means is you cannot pursue or desire what you are not aware of. This is the reason for this article. To expose you to the glory of God. To make you see what is available to you in Christ. The glory of God is the beauty and the power of God available to God’s children. So before you can experience it, you should know what it entails, the blessings and benefits that come from experiencing the glory.

The glory of God is the fullness of God and this fullness is contained or revealed in the Bible. His names reveal His glory. His Words reveal His glory. His miracles, His acts, creation are telling us about His glory. Scriptures reveal different places where God showed up and the Bible writers gave us very vivid descriptions of God and His glory. The prophet Ezekiel saw Him in visions by the River Chebar, Daniel saw the Visions of the Ancient of Days, the Apostle John had life-changing encounters with God in the book of revelation giving us glimpses into the throne room of God and the activities that go on there.

Moses in the tabernacle in the wilderness gave us a revelation of the tabernacle in heaven. In so many places scattered from Genesis to Revelation, the glory of God is unveiled to us in many ways.

Jesus Himself as a Person is the manifestation of the glory of God.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NKJV)

“God…has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,… who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power,” Hebrews 1:1, 2–3 (NKJV):

Jesus is the brightness of the glory of God. Jesus is the manifestation of the glory of God. Studying about Jesus is digging into this glory.

“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NKJV)

Knowing any and all of these various aspects of the glory of God we have mentioned above is the first step to experiencing the glory of God. It is your pursuing the depths of God and the glory of God.

Thankfully all of these are plainly written in the scriptures. So you need to take time to read and study these various aspects of His glory. Yes, you don’t have to know everything but you need to have some level of knowledge.

Here you are taking some initiative like David…He said, “this one thing I desire, and that is what I will seek!” He not only desired the glory and beauty of the Lord, he actively sought it. The glory of the Lord is unveiled on the pages of the scriptures and you will do well study the word.

The word of God is living. One of the attributes of something that lives is its ability to interact with its environment. If you truly study the word with the help of the Holy Spirit, you will discover that you are not just gathering knowledge or facts, you are in fact interacting with life. The word of God is life. The glory of God in the scriptures is living and active. So studying the Person of Jesus as unveiled in the scriptures is an interaction with the life and the glory of God.

So the first step to experiencing the glory of God is to look and study about Him. To study and look at the glory of God in the pages of the word of God which is active and living!

Study His Names, His attributes, His Power…just study and know what is written about God in the scriptures. This in itself is the first experience of His glory you will have. Some people ‘experience’ God only in times of prayer or worship. Others only during a worship service or some kind of revival meeting. Do you know you can meet with God and experience Him as you look into the word of God? Yes.

The word of God is no ordinary book. It is Living!

The word of God is the voice of God written in words!

“The voice of the Lord is powerful; The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.” Psalm 29:4 (NKJV).

The word of God is the voice of God written for us, therefore the word of God is God’s majesty in writing!

Studying the word gives you an experience of the majesty and power of His voice.

As Hebrews 4:12 says it plainly

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Studying the word of God is the preparation for the next level of experiencing the glory of God, which is to meditate or gaze on the glory of God.

  1. Meditate on the word: When Moses asked to see the glory of God, one of the things God told him was that He will reveal His name to Moses. As we have seen, this means the glory of God is hidden in God’s names. As you study His names and His various attributes, you receive information and knowledge. There’s a level of His glory you encounter. When you now meditate, you take it a step further and deeper.

Meditation is making the effort to see what God has said!

To meditate in Hebrew means to muse, commune, speak, to murmur (in pleasure or anger); to ponder: – imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter. Strong’s

It means to think on, to speak, and to see what you have studied. Here you take one of His names, attributes, or miracles and look intently to in a sense enter the narrative. The word of God has given you a picture of what God has done or who He is, meditation allows you to experience His Person.

You look and feel the story and revelation of the Word. See what Habakkuk says:

“I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.” Habakkuk 2:1 (NKJV)

The prophet Habakkuk was watching to see what God would say, while for us God has already spoken, so we watch so we can see what God has already said.

“God,…has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,” Hebrews 1:1–2 (NKJV)

God has spoken to us in the Son, who is the glory of God. This means God has revealed His glory to us in the Son.

“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NKJV)

The glory of God is in Christ, David desired to gaze on the beauty of the Lord. This is now our privilege. To see the face of God…the glory of God in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So like Habakkuk, we can take a position in the place of prayer and meditation and look, watch to see the Word of God who is the glory of God.

Note Habakkuk didn’t say he wanted to hear what God needed to say, rather he will watch to SEE what God would say.

The word “watch” that the prophet Habakkuk used means to wait, peer into the distance, and to observe. So He made effort to look deeply.

This is what it means to meditate on the word. It means you take what you have studied, the information you have gathered, and allow the eyes of your imagination to look deeply into it. You in a sense re-enact in your spirit the word that you have studied.

The result is that you will see His glory. The word “see” also means to see or have a vision and to experience.

When you look to see what He has said or revealed of Himself in the word, then God will respond in revealing Himself to you. He will cause you to experience His glory.

Note in Habakkuk 2:1, the prophet took the initiative. He said, “I will watch to see…” Then God responds in verses 2 and 3

“Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end, it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”

Habakkuk sought God, and God responds. Moses cried “show me your glory..” God responds. Fulfilling His word that says we will find Him if we seek Him with our whole hearts. He has said we will not seek Him in vain.

So like Habakkuk take your time to watch, to meditate on Him and God will reveal Himself to you. He will cause you to see and experience His glory. The result is that you will become like Him and you will carry His power.

The glory of God is the weight, the heaviness of who God is. Experiencing that glory will radically transform you.

Thankfully, like Habakkuk, you do not need to wait for any special occasion to experience His glory. You can experience the glory of God daily by taking the simple steps we have mentioned.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)

So the more of His glory you experience, the more like Him you become.

The more you intentionally work to know and walk in the glory of God, the more of the glory of God you will experience. The result is that you will be radically transformed in all areas of your life.