1 Chronicles 29:10-13: Praise be to you, Lord

10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord,
    the God of our father Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name.  1 Chronicles 29:10-13

God holds all things in His hands.  All we need is found in Him.  As we grow in Him we come to understand how truly awesome God is.  Satan will lie to us and tell us someone how God has forgotten us or somehow the Lord will not fulfill His plans and purposes in our lives based on our circumstances.

But we must remember the one we serve.  With Him all things are possible.  There is nothing or no one greater than the God we serve.  King David understood this because he knew that every victory he achieved in his life was because of the work of the Lord in His life.  When David went into battle he would seek the Lord and the Lord would answer.

The only time Israel faced defeat throughout their history was due to walking in disobedience.  God made it very clear to them that blessing was found in obedience while curses were found for those who continued in rebellion.

Our God is a loving Father and when we are involved in things and doing things we shouldn’t be, He will discipline us.  Every parent who truly loves their child will use discipline not to simply punish, but to use discipline to teach.  God uses discipline in our lives to allow us to experience at times the reckless decisions we make with the hope that we will learn from them and continue to grow in maturity.

Maturity in Christ happens one step at a time.  It is a progressive process.  Mistakes and shortcomings are part of the growth process.  The level of patience and kindness our Father has for us is far greater than we will understand.  But let us focus our hearts upon Him and His kingdom.  Let us learn of His word and come to know how truly awesome the God we serve is.  With Him nothing is impossible.  No matter where we are today the Lord can redeem and restore any situation.


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