Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. —1 Chronicles 29:11–12
The words of a great king at the end of a forty-year reign as he passed the throne onto his son would be words to be heeded indeed. As King David stood before the leaders and nation of Israel at the coronation of his replacement, his son Solomon, he clearly assumed a reflective tone in his praise offering to God. Though he had lived forty years of highs and lows, victories and defeats, one thing had been constant through it all: God had been faithful. God had been faithful to correct, faithful to commend, and faithful to command. Not once had David been alone.
I am sure that as David spoke these words, he was awed by the fact of what he was doing and that his life was at it closing moments. But no matter the season of life, it is always good to look back at God’s unchanging faithfulness and praise Him for it. I can look back in my life now and see that the twists and turns were actually from the leading hand of a faithful God. I would certainly not have chosen much of the means or the course that God chose, but now with a little water under the bridge (that’s code for getting older), I can see the pattern of God’s faithfulness woven through all the years.
Sometimes, when today is tough, a glance back at God’s faithfulness helps the present from becoming too overwhelming. All that is in heaven and on the earth is the Lord’s, and He reigns over all. When we look back or even look at the present, we may see that God has not done things the way we think He should have, but He was and is never wrong. He always does what is right and best.
If that is hard for you to believe right now, just take a look back and praise Him for all that you have gone through. At the time, you may have wished you did not have to walk through the difficulty, but the fact that you can look back now proves that He brought you through. In both the tragedies and the triumphs in your life, God has been there, and He has been faithful. So lift up your voice in praise, for greatness, power, and glory belong to the Lord!
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