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.
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.
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.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
In this comprehensive outburst of prayer David sums up many reasons in both God, and his actions, that are worthy of our whole-hearted praise. God is the author of our faith tradition, its Hebrew origins and our Christian inheritance from that prophetic source. In Holy Scripture we hear from our fathers as well as our Father. The God who has blessed us is everlasting in his being and everlasting in his faithfulness, and we are secure in him everlastingly. A joy to know.
God’s personal and essential nature is great and infinitely powerful. He is radiant with uniquely divinely brilliant, bright, blazing and burning excellence and beauty; his glory, majesty, and splendor which David acknowledges and honors in exuberant language of admiration. This wonderful God, David affirms, is the owner of everything: for everything in heaven and earth is yours. The kingdom of creation is God’s. The renewed creation, as the kingdom of righteousness through redemption, will recognize the Lord as head over all.
All benefits are bestowed by God from his infinite bounty, at his discretion as his sovereign and indisputable prerogative. All blessings material, circumstantial, or of the mind and soul – everything that we appreciate comes from him. All the energy and capacities, physical, mental, and spiritual that we exert are at his enabling. A generous Giver governs the earth. The strength and power of God in varying degrees empower us all. “All things are yours”, we say, and in our devotion “we admit, and of your own do we give you”.
The treasure that we bring to him in whatever power he has given us – the love and honor of our hearts, our time, our skills, our service in many forms, the substance that we can afford after all obligations are met – these are the treasures of a grateful and dependent being who humbly confesses: It comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you (v17).