Message of the Day: An Outburst of Praise for the Lord’s Magnificence!
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
And You are exalted as head over all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11, NKJV
The context of the passage begins in chapter 28. When King David learned that Adonijah was planning a coup de’ ‘etat, he hastily appointed Solomon as his successor. That informal anointing was followed by another, this time it was accorded with full religious and royal ceremony. This second anointing is the one being referred to in this passage. Solomon was introduced to the people as the successor of his father and the one who will build the temple.
The plans for the building of the temple was handed over to Solomon. David encouraged him to be persistent in the work till the construction is completed and the temple is used according to the plan. In addition to the money and materials he had already given for the project, David gave an extravagant offering from his own personal funds. This act prompted the people to make a similar lavish offerings.
This generous response from the people brought from David an outburst of praise for God’s magnificence. He joyfully acknowledged that everything that people possess comes from God; thus in making such a generous offerings to him, the Israelites had only given back what God had already given them. They had done this joyfully and willingly, and he prayed that they would maintain such devotion to God always.
This passage is paraphrased by the Targum: “Thine, O Lord, is the magnificence; for thou hast created the world by thy great power, and by thy might hast led our fathers out of Egypt, and with great signs hast caused them to pass through the Red Sea. Thou hast appeared gloriously on Mount Sinai, with troops of angels, in giving law to thy people. Thou hast gained the victory over Amalek; over Sihon and Og, kings of Canaan. By the splendour of thy majesty thou hast caused the sun to stand still on Gibeon, and the moon in the valley of Ajalon, until thy people, the house of Israel, were avenged of their enemies. All things that are in heaven and earth are the work of thy hands, and thou rulest over and sustainest whatsoever is in the heavens and in the earth. Thine, O Lord, is the kingdom in the firmament; and thou art exalted above the heavenly angels, and over all who are constituted rulers upon earth.”
May we all follow such a magnificent example!
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