“Blessed may you be, O LORD,
God of Israel our father,
from eternity to eternity.”
“Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power,
majesty, splendor, and glory.
For all in heaven and on earth is yours.”
“Yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty;
you are exalted as head over all.
Riches and honor are from you.”
“You have dominion over all,
In your hand are power and might;
it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all.”
(1 Chronicles 29:10, 11, 12)
29:10 God of Israel, our father Exodus uses this epithet (with the singular “father”); Genesis uses it five times, but Exodus and Deuteronomy prefer “the God of your fathers” (plural). Here and at Exod 3:15–16, the references to God encompass the three patriarchs of Gen 12–50 and link their covenant protector, God Himself, to all of Israel (Exod 3:6).
29:11 Yours, O Lord, is the sovereignty In the Chronicler’s view, David’s dynasty is closely associated with the kingdom of God (e.g., 1 Chron 28:5; 29:23; 2 Chr 13:8). This connection is unique to 1–2 Chronicles. head While the Hebrew word used here, rosh, literally means “head,” it often is used to mean “first” (Prov 8:26) or “chief” (Deut 1:13; 33:5). Here, it indicates that God is exalted as the ultimate ruler of all creation.
29:12 Riches and honor are from you David attributes his success and wealth to God’s blessing. Riches and honor were considered a sign of God’s blessing and approval. When Solomon asked for wisdom, God rewarded him with wisdom as well as riches and honor (2 Chr 1:12). Other righteous kings like Jehoshaphat (2 Chr 17:5) and Hezekiah (2 Chr 32:27) are also described as having riches and honor.
“Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory”
1 Chr 29:11
If you have ever been blessed to live in the midst of nature’s glory, the words above that are used in connection to God, can be represented in His creative acts. As you stand at the base of the Rocky Mountains, you are enveloped in its grandeur. When you see Niagara Falls for the first time, you cannot escape the power coming from the crashing water. And when you stand on the rim of the Grand Canyon and survey all that can be seen, you get a glimpse into the majesty and splendor of His creation.
It’s in times of spiritual emptiness that we should make a conscious effort to observe nature, to stand before a glorious sunrise or sunset and realize in that shining moment of newness and light, that everything points to God, the creator of everything. It is then that we can find a pathway back to Him, through the stillness of His glory.
May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.