The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory

 

Matthew 6:9-13  9Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.   10Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.   11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors.  13And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
I once heard a recording of the Lord’s Prayer as a song. It was beautifully done- great music, wonderful vocals, and the entire song led up to the last line- For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever, amen. Even though I am a sucker for a well-performed musical selection, it was the truth of the words that stirred my spirit. Many times in these devotionals I encourage you to lift up praise to the Lord, to begin to bless His name. When we tell Him how great He is, our spirits have no choice but to respond with love, with joy, and with gratitude.  Offering praise to the Lord can turn around even the darkest of moods, and the most dismal circumstances. We were created to praise Him, and there no greater time of fulfillment for us than when we are doing what we are designed to do.
Look at these words. Understanding them gives us even more reason to praise Him- For thine is the Kingdom- In Psalm 22:28-29 David declares 27All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall bow down and worship before You,  28For the kingship and the kingdom are the Lord’s, and He is the ruler over the nations! If He rules over all the nations that means He rules in our nation no matter what. Even in the midst of financial unrest, and political instability, we have a Greater Ruler to turn to. We can take comfort knowing that His reign is the only reign that will be eternal. I think of what it says in Revelations 11:15 15The seventh angel then blew [his] trumpet, and there were mighty voices in heaven, shouting, The dominion (kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (the Messiah), and He shall reign forever and ever (for the eternities of the eternities)!
Not only is the Kingdom His, but the power! Power is defined as control and influence over people and their actions, the political control of a country, or authority. Our God has all the power, and when we connect to His power, we in turn possess that same capacity, ability and strength we need to face any situation.  The last thing we see that is His is the Glory.  He is awesomely splendid, astoundingly beautiful, magnificent, and wondrous. He already has all the glory, but yet we have the ability to bring Him more glory by magnifying His name. When we give Him praise, when we remind Him of His wonderful qualities, we are blessing Him. The bonus is that we get blessed in the process. Today I challenge you to take the time and meditate on this scripture, then begin to tell our wonderful Savior just how great He is!

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