All Glory to God Alone

"Sola Gloria Deo"

("Go dtaga do ríocht"                                          "May thy kingdom come." -In Gaelic)


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"He must increase, but I must decrease."

-John 3:30


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The Glory of the Lord

"Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all." -I Chronicles 29:11

"O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens."  -Psalm 8:1

"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." -Psalm 19:1

"And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory." -Isaiah 6:3

We are Created for God's Glory

"Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him." -Isaiah 43:7

We Should Give Glory to God

"Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD." -Psalm 105:3

"Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength." -Psalm 96:7 

"Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts." -Psalm 96:8 

"Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven." 
-Psalm 148:13

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." -I Corinthians 6:19,20 

How Should We Give Glory to God?

 "Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God." -Psalm 50:23

 "Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness." -Psalm 29:2

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." -I Corinthians 10:31

 "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." -John 15:8

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."     -Matthew 5:16

"Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands." -Isaiah 42:12

"Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people." -Psalm 96:3

Glory to God, Not to Us

"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake."                 -Psalm 115:1

"It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory." -Proverbs 25:27 

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." -Ephesians 2:8,9 

"For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that you did not receive?  Now if you did receive it, why do you glory, as if you had not received it?"                            -I Corinthians 4:7

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence." -I Corinthians 1:27-29 

"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord." -I Corinthians 1:30-31

" I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing." -John 15:5

All Glory to God Alone

"I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images."            -Isaiah 42:8

"For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another." -Isaiah 48:11

Why Glory Should Be to God Alone

"Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?  Declare, if you have understanding.
Who has laid the measures thereof, if you know?  Or who has stretched the line upon it?
Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?  Or who laid the corner stone thereof;
When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it,
And broke up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,
And said, Hitherto shall you come, but no further: and here shall your proud waves be stayed?

Have you commanded the morning since your days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?
It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.
And from the wicked their light is withheld, and the high arm shall be broken.

Have you entered into the springs of the sea?  Or have you walked in the search of the depth?
Have the gates of death been opened unto thee?  Or have you seen the doors of the shadow of death?
Have you perceived the breadth of the earth?  Declare if you know it all.

Where is the way where light dwells?  And as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
That you should take it to the boundary thereof, and that you should know the paths to the house thereof?
Know you it, because you were then born?  Or because the number of your days is great?

Have you entered into the treasures of the snow?  Or have you seen the treasures of the hail,
Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

By what way is the light parted, which scatters the east wind upon the earth?  Who has divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;                                                          To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, where there is no man;
To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

Has the rain a father?  Or who has begotten the drops of dew?
Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who has engendered it?
                                                                                       The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?  Or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?                                                                            Know you the ordinances of heaven?  Can you set the dominion thereof in the earth?                                                                                             Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you?

Can you send lightnings, that they may go and say unto you, Here we are?                                                                                                          Who has put wisdom in the inward parts?  Or who has given understanding to the heart?                                                                   

Who can number the clouds in wisdom?  Or who can stay the bottles of heaven,
When the dust grows into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

Will you hunt the prey for the lion?  Or fill the appetite of the young lions,
When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?
Who provides for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat." 
-Job 38:1-41

"Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him?  He that reproves God, let him answer it." -Job 40:1,2


"Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
I know that you can do every thing, and that no thought can be withheld from you.  Who is he that hides counsel without knowledge?  

Therefore have I uttered that which I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.  Hear, I beseech you, and I will speak: I will demand of you, and declare you unto me.  

I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees you.  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." -Job 42:1-6

All Glory to God.

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