The “glory of God” is a phrase often used but rarely defined. In the Old Testament the “glory of God” often refers to his presence. The glory of God refers to his presence with his people (Exodus 29:43; 40:34-35; Leviticus 9:23; Numbers 14:10; 2 Chronicles 5:14; Ezekiel 8:4). In Paul’s letters it is easy to see “God’s glory” as a reference to his necessary characteristic of faithfulness.
We should not try to narrow the meaning down too much. Instead, we should appreciate the different facets of meaning in the phrase as they are emphasized in different places. However, the emphasis of God’s faithfulness and God’s presence are typically at the forefront.
For an example we note Paul’s words in Romans 6:4, “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Note that Christians are raised “through the glory of the Father.” There we see God’s presence and God’s character working in full force.
If we are to pursue God’s glory, we must therefore be present with him and be faithful to him. Paul wrote, “we exult in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:2). God’s glory, his presence and his faithfulness, should be what we seek. Let us continue to strive for his glory every day. Let us strive to be present with God every day. Let us strive to be faithful to God every day.