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September 12, 2023

Glory Glory What a Hell of a Day to Die

Glory glory what a hell of a day to die is the chorus of an incredibly popular gospel song. Its ability to touch and uplift has made it a classic within the genre. But what does this phrase really mean? And what does it tell us about God and our relationship to Him?

The Bible uses the word “glory” to describe the splendor of God. It can be seen in passages regarding the ark of the covenant (1 Samuel 4-5), the tabernacle (Exodus 40–49), and the eschatological temple of Ezekiel 40–43. It also appears in passages concerning Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and the nature of God Himself. It includes all the attributes of His greatness and majesty: His power and kingliness, His righteousness, holiness, and love. It is the whole weight of His character revealed in His creation and embodied in Jesus. It is what we experience in those moments of worship when our mind boggles and time becomes a distant concept.

Glory is a difficult word to define, but the earliest Hebrew meaning of it was heaviness. It was something of great value and importance, like a gold coin or a person of honor. The New Testament reflects this idea of the glory of God by including the word in one of its most important texts, Luke 2:14. When the angels broke out in praise at Christ’s birth they proclaimed “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased.” This phrase points directly to the heaviness of God’s glory—His worth and value.