Lenten Devotional: February 27th
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever.
Question 105 of the PCUSA Study Catechism (the document meant to teach confirmands about our beliefs) is: What is meant by the closing doxology, "For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever"?
We give God thanks and praise for the kingdom more powerful than all enemies, for the power perfected in the weakness of love, and for the glory that includes our well-being and that of the whole creation, both now and to all eternity.
I like this explanation a lot. God's kingdom is the strongest, God's power eternal, and God's will protect us. It's like ending our prayers with "Keep on keeping on, Lord. Do what you do." Or if you don't mind gender specific words for God, "You da man." Or if you're more musically inclined, perhaps it's like closing your prayers with a rousing verse of "He's got the whole world in his hands."
I need this reminder, that God's kingdom reigns supreme. I know this in my head but sometimes, especially when I'm sad, I need it in my heart. God will be glorified forever, and in that glorious celebration, is a creator who loves each of us as a child. God will not be separated from God's children. Not ever. Amen. Amen. Amen.
So recite with me these words from Romans 8 today, and remember that God is sovereign and eternal.
What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rev. Kelly Staples, Associate Pastor, NorthPark Presbyterian Church