But I noticed something this morning as I was working through Paul’s prayers. In 2 Thessalonians 3:1 Paul asks for prayer that the Word of the Lord would spread quickly and be glorified. In the context one may assume that he is speaking of the message of the gospel. But it is not too much of a stretch to extend that to the Bible. At that time the only Bible available for them was in the synagogues. You will remember that the Berean believers, checked out what Paul told them in the Scriptures, Acts 17:11. They had to go to the synagogue to do so, You Version was not on iTunes quite yet.
This got me to thinking about the need to glorify the Word of God. Sounds almost blasphemous, does it not? But the more I think about it, I do not believe that it is. 2 Peter 1:1b – 4, tells us that the written Word of God, in the form of God’s Promises, and later in 2 Peter 3:14 – 16, Paul’s letters, is our means of appropriating the nature and character of God into our lives. If that is the case, then glorifying the Book is essentially glorifying God.
In Psalm 50:1a, Asaph pens a threefold use of God’s name, “The mighty one (El in Hebrew), God (Elohim), the Lord (Yahweh) has spoken. He has spoken in His Word. A person’s speech reveals much about their nature and character. A person’s fidelity to their word, their promise, reveals that much more.
God has spoken. God has promised. Those words and promises are in our Bibles and on the apps in our phones. If we wish to know and glorify Him, we probably should do what Paul suggests. Glorify His Word.