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1 Chronicles 29.12-15, 18 – All things come from God
Posted: 9 February 2011 in 1 Chronicles

Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:

This song of praise is a reminder that, as their Creator, all things belong to God, which includes us. Anything we possess is on loan to us, and we are duty bound to make use of God’s gifts not only in such a way as to glorify God, but also in a way which accords with his will. We have nothing we can offer him, except what he has already given us.

“Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all.” Riches and honour come to us as a gift from God, but so too does poverty. That poverty can be a gift may make a strange sound on worldy ears, but when somebody is deprived of worldly success, they are rescued from an earthly idol it is all too easy to go chasing after, and they are given a greater facility to serve God..

Even the desire to love and worship God must come from him in the first instance, which is why David prays for God to prepare his people’s hearts unto himself. After we have received the gift of faith, which we have no right to expect, we can implead God for greater faith, but we can do nothing without him.