It’s a given that we are to glorify God, but as I’ve expressed in the past, much of what passes for glorifying God probably doesn’t.
The scene that appears in my mind is the singer who blasts out their praise chorus with the trilly singy stuff, putting on quite the show and then gets done and receives applause and breathily says, “All glory to God.” They may be sincere, I don’t know for sure, but it appears fake.
A guy walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope a couple of days ago and was miked up while doing so. He repeatedly gave glory to Jesus while doing this stunt. Was Jesus glorified by this?
Jesus says in John 5:41, “I do not receive glory from people.” He then says a few verses later, “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”
Jesus does not receive glory from people even if you think you’re giving it to Him. I think we assume God needs us to glorify Him, that His godly self-esteem will take a hit if we don’t give Him credit for the power bestowed upon us to sing repetitive songs.
The bigger point, the one Jesus is concerned with in John 5, is whether we are concerned with doing things that receive glory from God. Why God would glorify us is one of those ponderable aspects of grace, yet the Bible is clear we are to shoot for doing things that God glorifies.
You may think your singing or writing or speaking or cooking or whatever, is you bringing glory to God. But have you ever considered whether God is glorifying you for what you’ve done? This seems the bigger question to Jesus and perhaps should be bigger for us too.