We read, and I have heard often that God has intrinsic glory. It is a part of him; it is who he is. There is nothing we can do to take away from it, or add to it. Gods glory is infinite; there is no such thing as wanting more glory, it is unchanging.
So why were were created to glorify God? If He is glory, just as He is love, then why does God need his creation to glorify Him? 1 Chronicles 16:29 states:
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
We have a command to glorify God. He does not have a desire for more glory from us to boost His ego. God does not need this glory. There is nothing He needs from his creation. The glory that we give God is unlike the glory that He is. The glory we give is not infinite, it can increase and decrease. I believe the way that we show glory to God is one of our greatest tools in showing unbelievers that God is real and that we are all accountable to Him.
What is glorifying to God? I think it is glorifying to God to aim at His glory, but I believe it is one thing to aim at His glory and another to add to it. God has to be the ultimate end to all we do. How do we aim at Gods glory and how do we add to it? I think we aim at His glory when we want Gods glory to come above our own credit, or relations. We aim at His glory when we are content to let His will take place, even if it crosses with our own desires and plans. We aim at His glory when we are okay with being outdone by others through gifts so that His glory can be increased.
How can we glorify God practically and in our every day lives? There are so many ways we can do this. We glorify God if we are obedient to Him, when we praise Him, when we pray to Him in His sons name, when we put Him first in our lives, when we use our gifts that were given by Him, and we glorify Him when we stand up for His truths. Those are just a few ways that we can glorify God.
I desire to give glory to God in everything that I do, whether it be great or small. God is so magnificent, and I am ashamed of all the times I have failed to give glory to Him. I should never want anything but to give Him glory and to glory in the cross.