O That Will Be Glory For Me!

         Hymn lyrics are born through
inspiration, experiences, and this hymn came to be through the prayer of a
faithful man.  What do we picture of as
the most glorious moment in our lives? 
How would we describe this glorious moment?  Is it fame or fortune in this world, or an
         Charles Gabriel, a gifted musician, grew
up learning the truths in God’s Word. During his lifetime, he wrote more than
eight thousand hymns.  In 1900, he
attended a Rescue Mission in Saint Louis. 
He listened to the message and prayers of Ed Card, the superintendent of
the Mission.  Each time Ed Card prayed,
his prayers with the phrase, “And that
will be glory for me
         This phrase struck a note in Charles
Gabriel’s heart.  Charles, born in 1856,
grew up on a farm, and learned the truths of the Bible.  He sang in the church choir and, loving
music, learned to play the family organ on his own.
         Charles Gabriel had a longing for the
moment he would see the face of Jesus. 
He lived in expectancy of this glory to be realized.  He captures the profound glory that is ours
when we belong – heart and soul – to Jesus our Lord.
         Charles recognized in his lyrics the
labors and trials in this life along the way to the safety on that beautiful
shore.  The greatest desire we can long
for in this life is to be near the Lord Jesus, we adore.
that will be glory for me
for me, Glory for me,
by His grace, I shall look on His Face,
will be glory, be glory, for me!
         Each time I visit my dear husband, I
remind him in scripture, prayer, and song of this glory to be.  In his confusion, he needs constant assurance
of the realness of Jesus’ love for him. 
I never tire of telling him of the nearness of Jesus.  The grace of Jesus brings us salvation.  He surety of His love was bought with the
sacrifice of the blood of Jesus on the cross.
by the gift of His infinite grace,
am accorded in heaven a place.
to be there and to look on His Face,
through the ages be glory for me!
         How glorious at this very moment to
know this world isn’t all there is. 
There is more than the ‘here and now’. 
         What will Heaven be – this Eternal Life,
with Jesus our Lord?  Books have been
written to describe this beautiful place. 
John, on the Isle of Patmos, was given a description by the Holy Spirit,
written in the book of Revelation.  His
writing is filled with mystery.  Yet, the
promise remains in John 14:1-3 in the words of Jesus –  “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in
God, and trust also in
me. There is more
than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have
told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so
that you will always be with me where I am.” 
            Charles tells more about
God’s glory in the second verse: 
will be there I have loved long ago,
like a river around me will flow,
just a smile from my Savior, I know
through the ages be glory for me.
            All about us, we see His
glory in the kindness, goodness, and smiles of others.  As we look up we see the movement of the
stars, the moon and the sun reveal his infinite glory and faithfulness. 
         The August 21, 2017, Eclipse of the Sun
had many faces looking up.  Did we see
the wonder of the two great lights God created come together?  Or was this a scientific curiosity?  Genesis 1:3-5 – Then God said,
“Let there be light,” and there was light.
  And God saw that the light was good. Then he
separated the light from the darkness.
called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”
evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
         The Eclipse, contained the wonder of
God’s power, majesty, and the declaration of His Glory.  No words in any language can fully describe
the glory of God and His gift of Grace to us. 
Jesus walked on this earth and to see Him is to see God.
         What is this Glory?  Revelation 21:22-23  I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty
and the Lamb are its temple.  And the city has no need
of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its
         In Heaven there are no light switches – and no
electric bills.  As Jesus said while on
earth in John 12 – I am the light of the
He is also the light in
Heaven.  What begins this Glory of Light?  God is Love. 
(I John 4:8) and Dear friends, let
us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a
child of God and knows God. I John 4:7.
8:16-18 – For his Spirit
joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
And since we are his
children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s
glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.  Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to
the glory he will reveal to us later.
all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who
his children really are.
         Psalm 3:2-4 – But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory,
the one who holds my head high.
I cried out to the Lord, and
he answered me from his holy mountain.

1:2-4 – And now in these
final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the
Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.
Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he
sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us
from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the
majestic God in heaven.
This shows that the Son is far
greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their

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