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. (1 Chronicles 29:11)
This is one of the greatest prayers in the Scriptures and certainly in the Old Testament. It is all-comprehensive, majestic and filled with adoration, praise, and thanksgiving. It repudiates all human merit and declares human dependence upon God. It reveals self-humiliation, confession, and dedication of self. It admits that all belongs to God.
The Scriptural concept of the kingdom is both an eternal kingdom and a temporal kingdom. It is a universal kingdom and a local kingdom. It is immediate, and it is mediated. Generally speaking, it is the reign of heaven over the earth. When God created Adam, He gave him dominion. Now what does he mean by “the kingdom”? It is the rule of God over the earth. It is a prayer for the recovery of the earth, to bring it back under the rule of God.
I hope you don’t think that God is ruling the earth today. If He were, we would not have heartbreak, tears, disappointments, nor wars. This is the kingdom we should pray for. It will only come about in God’s way. It will come through divine protocol, and the divine aspects will be adhered to. Man will not be able to build this kingdom here on this earth; only the Lord Jesus Christ can establish the kingdom.“Thine is the kingdom” ought to be the prayer of every believer. David was looking forward to the coming of the kingdom here upon this earth. That will be a glorious day! (From Edited Messages on 1 Chronicles)
“A great many people think they can live the Christian life in their own strength, which always means defeat.” That’s the wisdom our teacher, Dr. J. Vernon McGee, shares as we study how Joshua’s army got the victory at Jericho because God was leading the charge. But in their next battle against the small city of Ai, they were defeated—because they thought they could handle it on their own.All Sermons by Dr. J. Vernon McGee