Made for Glory

Misty Mountains

Life is filled with many perplexing realities. It seems all too brief. It is tainted by sin. It is marred with suffering. Along with joy, there is sorrow. Contentment is ever being challenged with longing.

We know that God is good and always does good. He created both time and space as a canvas to display His glory.  He made the heavens and the earth and declared them to be “very good” (Genesis 1:31). He crafted the world with beauty and wonder. 

Yet, as we look at the world around us, we see trials and troubles. We experience sorrow and pain. We know that God is not the author of sin, but why would He allow sin and suffering to enter His “very good” creation? How could the presence of evil (and its final defeat) possibly bring about, in God’s design and purpose, the fullness of His glory and our greatest good? 

This hymn wrestles with such questions and points toward a vital truth. This world is not all there is. This life is fleeting. We were made for much more. We were made for glory.

Listen and download a recording of “Made for Glory” from Bandcamp:

Made for Glory

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes;
there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” 
(Revelation 21:4).

We journey through this life
As pilgrims here on earth;
Some live for years, some weeks or days,
Some never see their birth.
But when our journey ends,
Our moments, days, or years
Will all seem like a vapor when
God wipes away our tears.

How short the time we have,
How briefly we exist.
Compared to all eternity,
This life’s a fleeting mist.
For glory we were made
An everlasting soul,
Not just the time this life affords
With bodies that grow old.

Why is our time so short
And stained with sin and strife?
How could a loving God allow
Such suff’ring in this life?
In kindness God keeps short
Our sorrows in this place,
Yet through our pain and suffering
We come to know His grace

As time moves quickly on,
We must not waste a day,
But bring our broken, sinful lives
To Christ without delay.
In Him each day find rest,
Refreshment for the soul.
For through His suff’ring we are healed,
Forgiven, and made whole.

Though heartaches overwhelm
And fill our souls with grief,
Remember we are sojourners,
Our journey will be brief.
In glory one day soon
We will look back and say:
Our faithful God has brought us home,
Our tears He’s wiped away

Yes, one day we will be
In glory and can say:
Our faithful God, He’s brought us home,
Our tears He’s wiped away.

Words ©2022 Kenneth A Puls
Music: Public Domain

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