To God Be the Glory

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Habakkuk 2:14

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (v. 14 ESV)

“What is the chief end of man?” asks the Westminster Shorter Catechism. The well-known answer? “To glorify God and enjoy him forever.” And God’s chief end is the same: to glorify God.

On Ascension Day, we remember that the Easter story ends not with the empty tomb but with the exaltation of the Son to the glory of God the Father. If we could ask God enough “why” questions, the final answer would always be, “For my glory.” “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36). The nations were made to worship the Lord and glorify his name (Psalm 86:9). We are commanded to fear God and give him glory (Revelation 14:7).

God’s passion for his own glory is not mere self-flattery because (1) he doesn’t really need our glory; (2) he nevertheless deserves all our glory; and (3) our desire for joy and God’s desire for glory lead to the same end. As pastor-author John Piper has pointed out, God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. In other words, we glorify God best by enjoying him forever.


Heavenly Father, may your name be hallowed as I delight in you. Amen.