Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all… 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name, (29:11, 13).
While there have definitely been times in the book of 1 Chronicles when my desire to see Him increase in His Word (He must increase, but I must decrease, John 3:30) was a challenge, to say the least (remember the lists, the genealogies, the census taking); today was definitely not one of those days.
As a matter of fact, this last chapter of 1 Chronicles is an overwhelming glimpse into the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel (29:18). And I imagine, if truth be told, this chapter could be studied for a lifetime, and never fully exhaust the unveiling of His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All.
And another truth be told; because there is so much revealed about Him in this chapter, this overwhelming glimpse was also overwhelming in my struggle to confine today’s post to just one day.
Until I was reminded of Colossians 2.
For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; (Colossians 2:9-10 emphasis added).
Of course! In Jesus, in the Glorious Name of Jesus, we see more than a glimpse. We see His fullness revealed, Exalted as Head Over All.
Consider His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All
His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in Jesus
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, (Philippians 2:9).
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone, (29:11-12 emphasis added).
- His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in His Greatness
- And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; (Luke 1:31-32).
- His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in His Power
- In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power… (Hebrews 1:2-3).
- His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in His Glory
- And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth, (John 1:14).
- His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in His Victory
- but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Corinthians 15:57).
- His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in His Majesty
- For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty, (2 Peter 1:16).
- His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in His Dominion
- which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come, (Ephesians 1:20-21).
- His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in His Riches
- To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, (Ephesians 3:8).
- His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in His Honor
- “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing,” (Revelation 5:12).
- His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in His Rule
- …until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (1 Timothy 6:14-15).
- His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All… in His Power, Might and Strength
- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might, (Ephesians 6:10).
How do we respond to His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All?
David prayed, calling on the Name of his Covenant God; on the basis of His Covenant made with Abraham, then Isaac and Jacob who became Israel. It was through His Covenant that David had access to His Glorious Name: O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, (29:18).
Don’t you love seeing Jesus revealed throughout His Word, throughout the history of His people? And like David, we also have access to Him only through His Covenant; the New Covenant of the blood of the sinless Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, our Savior.
“This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood,” (Luke 22:20).
and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father, (Ephesians 2:16-18).
Let that thought sink in… we have access to the One Who is Exalted as Head Over All! How is that even possible? It is only through the Glorious Name of Jesus Christ.
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, (Philippians 2:9-11).
Today let us, like David, bow our knee, that we might bless His Glorious Name.
So David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O Lord God of Israel our father, forever and ever,” (29:10).
Bless: 1288. בָּרַךְ bāraḵ: A verb meaning to bless, kneel, salute, or greet. The verb derives from the noun knee and perhaps suggests the bending of the knee in blessing. Its derived meaning is to bless someone or something… Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
Let us follow the example of David. That we would so posture ourselves before Him, as we humbly bow our knee to bless His Glorious Name.
Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless the Lord your God.” And all the assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed low and did homage to the Lord and to the king, (29:20).
Today, let’s spend time meditating on David’s prayer (29:13-19), that we too would fix our hearts and minds on His overwhelming Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All in Jesus, to be led with unrestrained devotion to bless the Lord our God.
Let us Bless His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All…
- … through thanksgiving and praise
- Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
- … through humility
- But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this?
- … through recognizing His benevolent provision
- For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You.
- … through integrity of heart
- Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things;
- … through joyful and willing sacrifice
- so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You.
- … through dependence on His Covenant
- O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever…
- … through His leading and direction
- …in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You;
- … through His perfecting work
- and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart…
- and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart…
- … through commitment to obedience
- …to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.”
And as we bless His Glorious Name, Exalted as Head Over All, He is faithful to graciously bless us in return, with the fellowship and gladness of His Presence.
So they ate and drank that day before the Lord with great gladness, (29:22).