v 36 For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
This is a wonderful burst of praise as Paul reaches this point in the letter. When you go back to the earlier part of the chapter you find Paul explaining how the Jews were God’s chosen people, but now God was also blessing Gentiles. The good news of God’s grace to all was extraordinary to Paul, the long-established and faithful Jew that he was. No wonder he suddenly bursts into this paean of praise in the middle of the letter. God was so much bigger, more gracious and merciful than ever Paul had imagined! His heart was simply bursting with praise and wonder. Everything had come from God, the Creator; everything was sustained by God, and the whole of creation was designed and intended to bring glory to this God of Grace. That expression All glory to him forever! Amen. came from his heart and not just his lips.
When the morning sky is flaming red, and the clouds reflect the brilliance of the early sun, and you pause to remember how good God is, don’t you too sometimes feel like shouting that from the rooftops? If you can’t find words of your own make this your shout of praise All glory to him forever! Amen.
Then add flesh to these bare bones of praise. What is it that causes you to be so thankful? Learn to name your blessings – and then express your gratitude to God for His overwhelming goodness. Even on the dullest of days, with rain and heavy clouds and the hardest of tasks to face, still pause to thank God that His grace will be sufficient for whatever the day holds.
What praise song comes to your mind today?
All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your voice and with us sing
Oh, praise Him! Alleluia!