To you, O Yahweh, is the greatness and the power and the splendor and the glory and the strength, for everything in the heavens and in the earth. Yours, O Yahweh, is the kingdom and exaltation over all as head!” (1 Chronicles 29:11, LEB)

David’s prayer at the dedication of the material that he has collected for the building of the temple by his son, Solomon.  Can you imagine a better start to a prayer?

David ascribes to Our Lord a list of characteristics which set forth God’s sovereignty over “everything in the heavens and in the earth.”

  1. Greatness
  2. Power
  3. Splendor
  4. Glory
  5. Strength
  6. Ownership of all
  7. Headship over all

One can see that David is striving mightily [and succeeding well, no doubt through his gifting as a poet] for words to describe the sovereignty and strength that God has over his creation.  We can believe it or not; we can worship him or not; we can love him or not, but our response to his sovereignty has no bearing at all upon his sovereignty.

Your knee will bow one day at the name of Jesus, dear reader, as will mine, whether you love and serve him or hate him with all your being. Best to bow in love and adoration if you want my opinion.

 

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