the rising sun is clear to all,
so the glory of the LORD
fills all his works.
Why did God create man? God created all things and especially man to give Him glory. Does this mean we can add to God's glory?
Look at this sunset, can we say that the clouds give glory to the sun? The clouds surely reflects the sun's glory but do not add to the sun's power, light, colors or its glory. As the sun imparts its glory to the clouds, so does God give of his being, perfections or glory to his creatures. Man reflects and manifest by his words and actions God's life, intelligence, wisdom, love, goodness, beauty, etc. but creatures cannot add to God's glory or who He Is.
So, what does it mean for man to give glory to God? Matter, plants and animals have no choice but to act according to their nature and express God's goodness and love. Man, however, has free will and can refuse to recognize the supremacy of God. Man is obliged, due to his dependent nature on God, to give Him glory by prayer, songs and worship. In so doing, he does not add to God's glory, but increases the external glory of God, the glory manifested to the Creator by his creatures. "The glory given to God by creatures who know and love Him, constitutes at the same time the bliss of the rational creature." (Ludwig Ott, Fundamentals of dogmatic theology, p. 82)
ultimate purpose of creation is
that God who is the creator of all things
may at last become 'all in all',
thus simultaneously assuring his own glory
and our beatitude."
(Cat. of Cath. Church #294)
2. In His wisdom He strengthens us,
Like gold that's tested in fire.
Though the power of sin prevails,
Our God is there to save.
1. We the daughters and sons of Him,
Who built the valleys and plains.
Praise the wonders our God has done,
In every heart that sings.
Every moment of every day,
Our God is waiting to save.
Always ready to seek the lost,
To answer those who pray.