I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. —Isaiah 42:8
One vital test of all religious experience is how it affects our relation to God, our concept of God and our attitude toward Him.
God being who He is must always be the supreme arbiter of all things religious. The universe came into existence as a medium through which the Creator might show forth His perfections to all moral and intellectual beings: “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another” (Isaiah 42:8). “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:11).
The health and balance of the universe require that in all things God should be magnified. “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3). God acts only for His glory and whatever comes from Him must be to His own high honor. Any doctrine, any experience that serves to magnify Him is likely to be inspired by Him. Conversely, anything that veils His glory or makes Him appear less wonderful is sure to be of the flesh or the devil.
Lord, may I clearly see Your glory today. May I not be fooled by any experience or thought that does not magnify You, and may You be pleased with my worship this day. Amen.