IN THE midst of this babel of varying voices there has never been wanting the cry of the Church: “‘Thine is the Kingdom!” The rule of men is Christ’s by right, but as Absalom made himself king in opposition to David, so has Satan made himself the prince of this world in opposition to Christ. Our earth is the scene of a great revolt under the leadership of Satan, but Christ is the rightful King of men for all that. His Kingdom is spreading from heart to heart, and ere long the prince of this world shall be cast out, and every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Christ is Lord. Everyone will then say: “Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory!” But it is our privilege to say it now—when appearances seem all against it; now, when the usurper’s power is so strong!
It is not enough, however, to say it in general, we must say it in particular. We must say to Christ our Lord, as the men of Israel said to Gideon: “Rule Thou over us, for Thou hast delivered us.”
“Thine is the power.” The millionaire says: “Mine is the power of money”; the orator, mine is the power of moving crowds by speech; the author, mine is the power of written words and songs; the scientist claims, mine is the power of extracting the secrets of nature. But after a time wealth vanishes, the tongue is paralyzed, the mind decays, and so we learn that we have no inherent power. Visions of what is good, and the desire to do it, come to us, but how to perform, that is the difficulty, and we cry: “Give me power for service, over myself, power to live righteously, soberly, and godly in this present world.” And in answer there comes this word of the ascended Lord: “All power is given unto Me in heaven and on earth”; and as we catch the words, we answer thus: “Thine is the power.” It is Thine that it may be mine!
“Thine is the glory.” Let us live out the spirit of this prayer. When anyone praises us for some excellence or achievement in life or character, let us never forget to look up to Him and say: “Thine is the glory.” Let us so live that men may be arrested by the radiance of our characters, that they may say: “How glorious must the Christ be who has made these so fair,” and be constrained to follow Him.
Help us, O God, to enthrone Christ in our hearts, that having glorified Him, we may receive His Spirit as rivers of living water. AMEN.
From“Our Daily Walk” by F.B. Meyer. A series of devotions on The Lord’s Prayer.