Israel’s Relationship With The Glory Of God In Psalms -- By: Mark McGinniss

Journal: Journal of Ministry and Theology
Volume: JMAT 22:1 (Spring 2018)
Article: Israel’s Relationship With The Glory Of God In Psalms
Author: Mark McGinniss


Israel’s Relationship With The Glory Of God In Psalms

Mark McGinniss

Charles Ryrie identifies the third sine qua non of dispensationalism as the glory of God. One area he notes where the glory of God is realized is in God’s purpose for the Jewish people.2 However, Ryrie deos not detail specifically the relationship between the glory of God and his people, Israel.3

Since it has long been recognized that the book of Psalms is a microcosm of the theological message of the OT, this observation allows for a legitimate and somewhat manageable study of the nature of Israel’s relationship with the glory of God within the Psalms as a possible synopsis of the entire OT.

Identifying Terms

The concept of the “glory of God” does not always appear in the Psalms simply as כְּבוֹד־אֵל.; indeed, throughout the Psalms it appears in a number of diverse ways.4 It is כּבוֹדִי, “my glory,” as predicate nominative of LORD (Ps 3:4). There is כְּבוֹד־אֵל, “glory of God” (19:2), and מלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד, “king of glory” (24:7–10). “Your glory,” כּבוֹדֶךָ, appears on a number occasions: “your glory” refers to the LORD’s glory which resided at the temple (26:8), is seen in the temple (63:2), is over all the earth (57:6, 12 and 108:6), and is also feared by all the kings of the earth (102:15). There is

also אֵל־הַכָּבוֹד, “the God of glory” (29:3); כבוֹד־שְׁמוֹ, “the glory of his name” (66:2); שֵׁם כְּבוֹדוֹ, “his glorious name” (72:19); על־דְּבַר כְּבוֹד־שְׁמֶךָ, “according to the word of the glory of your name” is a motivation for help from God (

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