The song Glorious started as an idea from 1 Corinthians 2:7-8, where Paul says “we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery…which none of the princes of this world had known…or they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.”
I was struck by the fact that the Apostle Paul never met the earthly Jesus. He prided himself in being a zealous Hebrew Pharisee, on his way to persecute more Christians, when confronted and radically transformed by a revelation of Jesus Christ. He only knew the Risen Savior, the Resurrected Christ. Paul’s primary ministry was to “make all men SEE” what he saw. In Ephesians 3:9 he defines his mission, “…to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.” In Ephesians 1:18 Paul pleads “I pray that the eyes of your heart would be enlightened….”
The song Glorious is an invitation to look and “see the Risen Savior, victorious and strong” and respond with awe, “Lord you are glorious.”
One the musicians on my worship team has told me that he is uncomfortable with a line from the song Glorious, “my eyes have seen the glory of the Lord,” because it seems inconsistent with Exodus 33:20 (“man shall not see me and live”). I responded that this song is not about seeing the very face of God in all his glory. It’s about seeing God revealed through his son, Jesus.
I thought that was a good explanation until I read this interview with Paul Baloche, wherein the songwriter himself explains the thinking behind the lyric.