How many words of praise do you manage to use for God?

David exalts the Lord who put him on the throne of Israel and established his dynasty.

O Lord, you are great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious, and sovereign over all the sky and earth! You have dominion and exalt yourself as the ruler of all.
1 Chronicles 29.11 NET

The Jerusalem temple was a concrete and physical sign of God’s presence in the midst of Israel. The people’s leaders had just offered tons of gold, silver, and other metals, as well as precious stones, for its construction. Solomon would shortly be anointed as king in David’s presence.

God’s promises were taking form. The divine plan was being fulfilled. David praises the Lord for this. He piles on the words to glorify God: great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious, sovereign.

In the life of each saint, God keeps his word. All of us, and not only kings, are the focus of the accomplishing power of the Almighty: “You possess strength and might to magnify and give strength to all” verse 12b.

Today, we do not make offerings to build temples, nor do we watch the crowning of kings. In the new covenant, we participate in the proclamation of the Good News. In Christ, we bow before the sovereignty of the Lord Jesus. We work for the edification and dissemination of the body of Christ, where salvation is found.

Instead of erecting a building for God to live in, he makes us into the habitation of his Holy Spirit.

And like David, we reach for all the words of praise possible to exalt the name of God. For among us he carries his plan forward. Through us he works in this world. The Lord uses our hands, our actions, our words to reach lost souls and rescue them from the densest darkness in order to transport them to the kingdom of light and life.

How many words of praise do you manage to use for God?

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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