The praise and glory of God

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. — Matthew 6: 13

Message

The worship and praise of God are sources of strength and confidence.

At the end of the Lord’s Prayer, the praying congregation praises and glorifies God’s kingdom, power, and glory. This collective prayer strengthens us and gives us courage of faith.

The praise at the end of the Lord’s Prayer is associated with the preceding plea: “Deliver us from the evil one.” The Devil is the evil one and the tempter. While Jesus was in the desert, the Devil showed Him all the kingdoms of this world and said, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish” (Luke 4: 5–6).

To this day, evil has continued to unfold its power. Mankind suffers from egoism, lust for profit, and hatred. The distribution of wealth is seldom just.

Yours is the kingdom…

The power of the Devil has already been broken, however (Luke 10: 18). The influence of the evil one is limited in time, and cannot stop the development of the kingdom of God. The kingdom belongs to God, and it will remain His into all eternity! God grants His kingdom to whomever He desires! He wants the salvation of all mankind. He reigns eternally, and He will have the last word!

… and the power …

God is almighty. Those who desire to experience the omnipotence of God must simply believe and subordinate themselves to the will of God.

The plan of God is geared toward salvation for all mankind. It is to this end that God engages His power: He moves obstacles out of the way—but only if they are a hurdle to our salvation.

What does the power of God consist of? It is the power of love. God always leaves mankind the freedom to decide for themselves. He only works with love.

… and the glory

The glory of God was revealed in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in His love, His power, His patience, His victory, and

His nature—that is glory for us! For us, this glory also consists of the fact that we are called to enter into it, namely into the fellowship of Jesus Christ, the fellowship of the triune God!

The splendour of the glory that is being prepared for us will enable us to forget all of our previous tribulations (1 Thessalonians 4: 17–18). Let us glorify God by allowing our fellow human beings to recognize the great things Hehas done for us. The purpose of the church of Christ is to bring praise and worship to God. It is in this way that attention is directed to the salvation that God prepares in His church through Jesus Christ.

When we are with Jesus in His kingdom, we will collectively praise the salvation, glory, and power of God (Revelation 19: 1).

* Thoughts from the Chief Apostle adapted for the divine service held on 24 April 2016 at Midrand Congregation.

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