In John 12 verse 28, we find two amazing things. First, Jesus praying aloud to the Father. When He does so, Jesus simply asks that the Father glorify himself. Jesus prayer is, “Father, glorify thy name.” God then chooses to glorify himself and in the process acknowledges and glorifies His Son. When the Father speaks He says He’s already done that, and He will do it again.
We should note that just as He did with Moses, He spoke to the chosen one, the one person He wants to glorify speaking to the people of Israel as well as to the one He desires to focus upon. God the Father glories in His servants, whether they are popular among the people or not. In John 12, Jesus is popular with some, but very unpopular with others. In Exodus 33 we receive a view of a personal communication between Moses and God. This is direct prayer and response, unlike anything we may have ever actually experienced. God the Father audibly answers Jesus. God the Father talked to Moses.
We see here evidence of the Father’s separating himself gradually more and more from mankind as he falls deeper into sin. Where He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden, He was no longer that casual when they sinned. Where He talked with them after the fall, he communicated less and less with man until in the days of Noah, Noah was surprised to hear His direct communication. God told Him this relationship is intentionally limited (Gen 6:3). Noah reacts the same way you would expect Jesus to react, “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he…” and “And Noah did all according unto all that the LORD commanded him.” (Gen 6:22; 7:5)
Unlike with Moses, God responds not only to Jesus, but to the all those present. In fact, Jesus makes that the point, it was not for Him, but for the benefit of all those surrounding Him. (Jhn 12:30)
God glories in raising up His faithful servants. God loves to love on us. God adores being able to praise us, bless us, speak to us, raise up His Son before us. We should rejoice! God will lift you up before all those around you. His pleasure is in praising us. What father does not enjoy being able to praise his children in public? Our Heavenly Father is none the different. Perform for His praise. Let no vainglory cloud your testimony. Seek only His glory and you will receive accolades from our Father in Heaven.