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TO GOD BE THE GLORY JUNE 17, 2021


 
 

BIBLE READINGS


Isaiah 65:24

Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.

 

2 Corinthians 1:20

For in him every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God.

 

2 Timothy 2:13


if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

for he cannot deny himself.

 

1 Chronicles 29:11-12


Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might; and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all.

 

TO GOD BE THE GLORY

 

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. This traditional ending for the Lord’s Prayer as a doxology concludes the Lord's Prayer with an affirmation of faith. We offer all our requests to the God whose kingdom and rule is powerful and glorious. The God of “power and glory” is also the God to whom we express our deepest desires, who hears and answers our prayers. We acknowledge that our father in heaven, to whom we have addressed this prayer, rules everything everybody.


This is the God who, as the psalmist writes, “loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5). Protestant Reformer John Calvin said this about the doxology: “It was added not only to warm our hearts to press toward the glory of God, and warn us what should be the goal of all our supplications, but also to tell us that all our prayers, here set down for us, have no other foundation than God alone.”


It seems to me that now, more than ever, the Lord’s Prayer speaks to us. We pray words that praise God; We pray words to petition God.


Our needs are deep, our anxieties and fears are strong. But we pray in hope. We pray in hope and in faith that through it all, God is with us — hearing our prayers and sustaining our hope in the kingdom that Jesus Christ proclaimed. Our hope brings comfort and responsibility. We pray and we live for the glory of God!


As the Catechism puts it:

We have made all these petitions of you

because, as our all-powerful king,

you are both willing and able

to give us all that is good;

and because your holy name,

and not we ourselves,

should receive all the praise, forever.

 

Listening God, thank you that we can bring all of our lives, our deepest desires, to you in prayer.


Our Father who art in heaven,

Show us your ways, teach us your paths.

Guide us in your truth and teach us,

for you are God our saviour, and our hope is in you all day long. Amen

(Psalm 25:4-5)




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