Lenten Devo 21: Kingdom, Power, and Glory Forever

**We were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is about the phrase “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever”. It fell on Day 38 of this series.**

Reading: 1 Chronicles 29:11

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.”

As Ruth told us in the devotional for Day 36, this final line of The Lord’s Prayer is not actually in the Gospels. So why do we say it? Many experts theorize that it stems from a section in the Old Testament book of 1 Chronicles. Here, King David is telling his people about the magnificent temple his son Solomon will build for The Lord. David himself provided gold, silver, iron, bronze, wood, onyx, turquoise, colorful stones, and marble to build it! It is my understanding that the opulence is so great because this temple “…is not for man, but for the Lord God.” After he speaks to his people he asks them,
“Now, who is willing to devote themselves to The Lord today?”

He is humbled by the response. Leaders, officers, commanders, and officials all come forward and give willingly, and the people rejoice because everyone gave so freely. And the famous end to The Lord’s Prayer comes from the following portion of King David’s shouts of rejoice:

“Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all.”

Let us follow David’s example and give freely and wholeheartedly (of our time and our resources), for His is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
AC

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