When I was first contacted about Yeisie Marie’s brand new release, “Digno De Gloria”, I must admit I was a little concerned about whether a ‘language barrier’ might limit my ability to adequately understand and review a Christian song sung entirely in Spanish, even if I was provided a translation of the lyrics into my native English language. One listen to the song, however, quickly allayed my concerns. The heartfelt message came across loud and clear.
The song’s first verse opens with a very minimal arrangement which allows Yeisie’s lone vocal line ample space to convey a feeling of personal expression to God. “To You we raise our hands. We raise our voice. Worthy of glory. Great and eternal God!!” The song naturally flows into a gentle chorus which continues expression of praise to the one true God of love, God almighty, the Holy Lamb.
So it is that only after our sung prayer has established a strong foundation of praise to God, that the chorus ends by placing a request before the mighty throne of the LORD.
“Your glory we want to see.”
Verse 3 effectively adds a feeling of confidence and energy. A second chorus continues to build with emotion exclaiming “We raise our hands. We raise our voices. God is worthy of glory!” A celebratory tone ensues. It is almost as if – through the very process of asking in song – we hear these singers receive an affirmative answer from the Lord. “We want to see your glory. Revive us again. We want to see your glory. Let it cover me. Let it fill us. We want to see.”
This beautiful and powerful song closes much as it began, with a reflective and gentle single vocal line. Yeisie sings to God: “We adore you. Worthy are you!”
In the first chapter of his gospel, John speaks about Jesus Christ saying “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14-16) But not everyone who saw Jesus truly beheld his glory. In Matthew 13:13, Jesus spoke of some who, even though they witnessed his physical presence and heard his spoken words did not understand or appreciate His true glory. “Though seeing, they do not see” Jesus said. “…though hearing, they do not hear or understand.”
In Matthew 16:15-17, Jesus asked his apostles “Who do you say that I am?”. Peter replied “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” “Blessed are you” Jesus replied, telling Peter “…this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.”
That is why songs like this one are important. They encourage us to ask God in heaven to reveal His glory to us. Asking God for such blessings is scriptural. In Luke 11:9 Jesus says “Ask and it will be given to you…” In verse 13 he explains “If you… though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
When we behold the holiness, truth, kindness and grace of Jesus… when we recognize Jesus as our Lord and Savior, a veil is lifted from our minds and hearts and God does a mighty work in our lives. In 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 Paul says it like this. “… whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Transformation into his image. This is the mighty work which God seeks to accomplish in our hearts. He wants to transform us into his image with ever increasing glory. And he does it within us when we contemplate the Lord’s glory.
Beholding God’s glory is not an elusive emotional feeling or state of mind. It is a condition of confident faith in and trust in Jesus as the “truth of life” and the “light of the world”. It is a mindset that trusts in Jesus and seeks to obey Jesus. It is a realization that Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. It is an internal revelation that Jesus is our hope, our Lord, our source of eternal glory.
Notice that Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 does not speak of beholding the Lord’s glory as though it was only a “one-time event”. Quite the contrary. As we “with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory” we continue in an ongoing process of “being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory”.
Let each of us who belong to the Lord raise our voices with Yeisie, whether it be in English, Spanish or whatever language we happen to speak… Let us all communicate the same sincere request to our Father in heaven as we say…
“Let us see your glory, LORD!”