“David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. 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. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. ” (1 Chronicles 29:10-13)
Yesterday we talked about the descriptive power of titles, and how one has to have faith in both things that can and cannot be seen. The verse from Hebrews reminded us that God can do wondrous things out of nothing at all. Today we read that all things, in heaven and on earth, are God’s. God is not limited by the physical material world, but holds in the Divine hand all things.
The occasion of King David’s speech in this passage was the passing of kingly authority from David to Solomon. David had everything; power, wealth, authority, honor, and blessing. But David did not always rule wisely, and let his emotions control him more than his intellect. He made poor choices, and did not always follow what God would have him do. God said David was a warrior king. During David’s rule David needed to play the role of warrior many times. Solomon, David’s son, was to play the role of philosopher king and builder of God’s temple.
God was the God of both David and Solomon; so we might ask ourselves, is God a warrior God like David was? Or is God a benevolent philosopher God as Solomon was? A God of kingdoms and conquest for the souls of humanity, or a God of temples and worship for the building up of wisdom and enlightenment? And how do we know which kind of God to follow? Because a God who encompasses all things might be a God that is hard to follow and understand.
I wish I could give you the sureness and clarity of a firm answer. But when you taken in the immenseness of our God there are large questions with many answers. The truth is that we may never know and understand the full extent of God in this lifetime. But what I do know is that God is ever worthy of praise. And that God found us worthy of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
May the immenseness of our God lead you to praise, and may the compassion and mercy of our Lord comfort you all your days. Selah!