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Recognition and praise of the infinite excellence of God. The fundamental glory of God is his infinite goodness and greatness in all attributes. Viewed as perfections in God, they constitute his internal fundamental glory, but viewed in their manifestation in creatures, they are the external, fundamental divine glory. The formal (actual) glory of God is the knowledge and love that he has of himself, which is called internal glory; and the knowledge, honor, and love shown him by rational creatures, which is called external, formal divine glory.