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Yours is the power and the Glory

With a world in lockdown, the traditional ending to the prayer helps us to reorient ourselves. While there is doubt whether this last phrase was part of the original prayer, it is certainly scriptural (1 Chronicles 29:11), and a Packer says it is fitting “…if this closing doxology is not from Jesus’ lips it certainly reflects his mind”[1]

For Yours is the Power and the Glory forever and ever, Amen

It is easy, and understandable, to be consumed with one’s personal situation and needs. Many of us are alone. But the doxology (praise for God and his glory), reminds us that the good news is the world is not about us. Were it about us, an honest assessment of our person and qualities would leave us wondering whether we would be worth it. But the comfort of our heavenly Father that the prayer points us to, is such a comfort because it is about God’s glory and not ours.

God’s love and care for us is pure grace, undeserved kindness, but is utterly certain because it is the display of His glory which He is infinitely worthy of. His grace is his glory, as he shows his grace, we see his glorious character. If you are a child of God, trusting in him through his Son, then his love and care for you is a matter of His glory and His faithfulness. His reputation is on the line. No wonder then that his kingdom and power is fully at work.

Isn’t it a comfort to recognise this is the case, now and forever? Many of us praying at this time, crying out to God that he might have mercy and help us. Well he has the power to help, he will do everything necessary for his kingdom and His glory.

Of course, we wish we knew what he is doing, why are the present circumstances what they are. We are not told, but we are told that He holds all power and the works toward His glory. Faith, of which prayer is a supreme demonstration, is placing ones trust in God’s care and rule and not our own understanding. Trusting that the current circumstances are for His glory and will work out for such. As we forfeit our own glory and commit ourselves to Him then we know that his will be better for us than for him.

The final words of praise point to a universe which orbits around God and not us, and that is to be our comfort. In this time of crisis, God’s glory will be seen. And it also reminds us that thought at this time we weep; this will not be the end:

“The doxology thus makes the Lord’s Prayer end in praise, just as the Christian life itself will do; for while petition will cease with this life, the happy task of giving God glory will last for all eternity.”[2]

 

Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

Almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.

Amen.

[1] Packer, 208

[2] Packer, 212

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