Posted by: rcottrill | October 30, 2017

O That Will Be Glory

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Words: Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (b. Aug. 18, 1856; d. Sept. 15, 1932)
Music: Charles Hutchinson Gabriel

Wordwise Hymns (for another article see here)
The Cyber Hymnal

Note: Charles Hutchinson Gabriel was perhaps the premier gospel song writer at the turn of the twentieth century. One song he published in 1900, in a book whose title fits our theme here. Using words from Psalm 66:2, the book was called Make His Praise Glorious. A fuller story of the origin of the song is given in the first of the two Wordwise Hymns links.

One of the most significant things about heaven is that it’s different from this present world. Remarkably so, endlessly so.

Even though there’s sometimes beauty and goodness around us, it’s never unmixed with its opposite. Shakespeare states it starkly:

“Comfort’s in heaven, and we are on earth,
Where nothing lives but crosses, cares, and grief.”

In contrast, heaven is far better in every way.

And given the pain and degradation of this world, and its temporary nature, shouldn’t we delight in the prospect of heaven? We do have to live here, and do business here for now, but God is preparing something far better up ahead. This should be reflected in our hymn books, but it isn’t always.

Back in the nineteenth century, before the discovery of wonderful healing drugs, it seems people thought a lot more about death, and getting ready for it. One hymn book from that period, sitting on the table beside me, has one hundred and thirty-seven hymns about heaven. But another from the late twentieth century has fourteen, and “heaven” didn’t even make the Topical Index. Maybe we’re getting more settled in, and satisfied with, this present world than we should be!

The Bible speaks of heaven more than five hundred times.

¤ Sometimes the sky, where clouds form and birds fly is what is meant by the word.

¤ Occasionally the term is used of outer space, the realm of the planets and stars.

¤ But often in view is “the third heaven” (II Cor. 12:2), where the throne of God is (Rev. 4:1-2), and the holy angels dwell (Heb. 12:22). Other names used for heaven include: “My Father’s house (Jn. 14:2), Paradise (II Cor. 12:3), the city of the living God (Heb. 12:22), and New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2).

Heaven is being prepared by the Lord as a home for all who are saved through faith in Him (Jn. 14:2-3). Christians are already called citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20), and there is an eternal inheritance reserved there for us (I Pet. 1:4). Christ is there now (Heb. 1:1-3), and it’s from heaven that He’ll return one day (I Thess. 1:10; II Thess. 1:7).

Heaven is a place of glory, illuminated by the glory light of God. “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb [Christ Himself] is its light” (Rev. 21:23]. But the word glory can also describe what’s glorious in the sense of being majestic, magnificent, and wonderfully praiseworthy. To give glory to God is to give due praise and honour to Him.

We are to “give unto the Lord the glory due to His name” (Ps. 29:2). Because God’s name (representing His person) is glorious (Ps. 72:19), and His work is glorious (Ps. 111:3), it’s understandable that heaven will be the place where God is surpassingly glorious and most glorified (Rev. 7:12).

The song in view, O That Will Be Glory, was an expression often used by Ed Card, the superintendent of the Sunshine Rescue Mission in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Card was a radiant Christian who just bubbled over with the joy of the Lord. Whether he was preaching or praying, he would frequently exclaim, “Glory!”–by which he meant, “Praise the Lord! Isn’t that wonderful!”

He often ended his prayers with a reference to heaven, adding, “And that will be glory for me!” Charles Gabriel’s joyful song memorialized Mr. Card’s phrase with this fine gospel song.

CH-1) When all my labours and trials are o’er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore,
Will through the ages be glory for me.

O that will be glory for me,
Glory for me, glory for me,
When by His grace I shall look on His face,
That will be glory, be glory for me.

CH-2) When, by the gift of His infinite grace,
I am accorded in heaven a place,
Just to be there and to look on His face,
Will through the ages be glory for me.

Christ looks forward to having us with Him in eternity, both to see His glory (Jn. 17:24), and to share His glory (Col. 1:27; 3:4).

1) What will in mean for us to behold the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ?

2) In what way(s) will we share in His glory (cf. Phil. 3:20-21)?

Wordwise Hymns (for another article see here)
The Cyber Hymnal


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