“For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen.”
This ending appears to have been added to the Lord’s Prayer at a later stage. It is such a glorious acknowledgement of God that it has remained.
It summarises the great words of praise attributed to King David.
“David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honour come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” (1 Chronicles 29:10-13)
Above everything else we are reminded that
- The Lord God Almighty is the one and only supreme ruler – there is no other
- All power belongs to God. No one and nothing can stand in the way of His will
- To God alone belongs all and any honour and glory – it is so great and overwhelming that all must bow before Him in awe and worship.
“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:1-8)
Worship God by word and life for the wonder and glory that is His.
Heavenly God, Creator and Sustainer, Redeemer and Saviour, Father and Friend, open my eyes to more of the Truth that is You – and draw me deeper and deeper into Your love and service. Amen.