Message by Kenny Gilbert.
I Chronicles 29: 1 Furthermore David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great: for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God. 10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. 11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;
We can see from verse 1 that David realized who God is and that he is great. He had never forsaken him, and David understood God’s greatness. When Nathan came to David with the message from the Lord, David knew God as all knowing. Can we not bow down and say “God is so great” and give him the thanksgiving that we should. Psalm 77:13 says “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
God is great in the sanctuary. Did we bring God with us today? Do we let him have freedom when we are in the sanctuary?” Do we truly realize how powerful God is? He took us from miry clay and brought us to salvation.
God is powerful. Jude 24-25 says “now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy… be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” He is the most powerful One in heaven and earth, the most powerful One in our lives. We have a lot to thank him for. There are no words to describe his greatness…maybe it’s “salvation.” A palm reader can’t tell us what God can. He knows our next thought. Realizing this, how can we not thank him for his power? Exodus 24:17 says “And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.” He is a devouring fire. There is a rainbow around the throne in heaven; could this be his very glory and greatness?
It’s not in us; it is in God and him alone. He’s our victory. We found that when we found the Lord. David knew he had victory. Knowing we have it should bring a prayer of thanksgiving from our hearts. When we let the Lord rule our hearts we have a great power; we have great victory; we have his great glory; we have his majesty. His power is able to keep us. What David said, we can say. God never changes.
Too many times we ask, ask, ask and never kneel to just say thanks with the realization of just who God is. From the shoes on our feet to the coat on our back we have his provision. Whether big or little, it is God’s. We were put here on earth. We can’t take credit for anything. If David can pray “it is all thine” we can as well. He is exalted above all.
I Corinthians 15:54-57 says “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We think we will live to be 80 or 90 years old-maybe, maybe not. David said life is but a shadow and realized all was God’s. He gave God the credit. God accepted his prayer.
We are in God’s hand. There is one thing to remember today. When we start giving God thanksgiving, we will rejoice. Paul says to “pray without ceasing.” James says “the effectual prevent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”
Will we not pray this prayer?