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Glorifying God

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The giving of glory to God through acts of praise and obedience. Believers are to glorify God in their lives, as Jesus Christ glorified him in his life.

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Believers are to glorify God

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God is entitled to be glorified

Psalm 96:4–9 ESV
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
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Glorifying God is the believer’s natural response to him

Psalm 118:28 ESV
You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you.
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God is glorified in Jesus Christ

John 13:31 ESV
When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
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Reasons for glorifying God

His holiness

Psalm 99:9 ESV
Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!
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His great deeds

Psalm 86:8–10 ESV
There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
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His loving mercy

Psalm 63:3 ESV
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
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His righteous judgments

Revelation 14:7 ESV
And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
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Means of glorifying God

By praising God

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By living for God

1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
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By doing good works and bearing fruit

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Examples of glorifying God

David; Nebuchadnezzar; Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ; the angels; the shepherds

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The redeemed in heaven:

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