Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor.
—1 Chronicles 29:11
God didn’t allow King David to build the temple, but he let him warehouse a large inventory of priceless supplies that his son Solomon would have available for its construction. “The house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent,” David said.
And it was. But David and Solomon both knew that the true magnificence was not in the temple, but in him whose glory the temple reflected.
“Praise be to you,” David prayed. “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.”
Now the Old is gone, and the New has come: today we are God’s temple, and his Spirit lives in us (1 Cor 3:16). Let us always reflect, and never deflect, his glory.
Glorify the Creator, not the created.