Thou Art All

Product Details Psalm 115:1 says, “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to Your name give glory” (NASB).  John Owen has some excellent comments on this theme of soli Deo gloria:

Have any of us any glory, any crowns, any gifts, any graces, any wisdom or valor, any useful endowments?  Let us cast them all down at the feet of Jesus Christ. If we look on them, if we keep them as our own, God withers all their beauty and their glory.

Thus do the elders who worship the Lamb forever (Rev. 4:10, 11) say to him, Lord Jesus, thine is the glory, thine are all the mighty works which have been wrought in our days; thine are all the means whereby they have been accomplished: we are nothing, we can do nothing; thou art all, and in all.

John Owen, The Works of John Owen, ed. William H. Goold, vol. 8 (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, n.d.), 336–337.

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2 thoughts on “Thou Art All”

  1. This historic sermon, titled: “The Advantage of the Kingdom of Christ in the Shaking of the Kingdoms of the World; or Providential Alterations in their Subserviency to Christ’s Exaltation,” was preached before the House of Commons in St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster, U.K. (“the parish church of the House of Commons”), on Friday, October 24, 1651. The occasion was a day set apart for public thanksgiving following the victory of Oliver Cromwell and his Parliamentarian “New Model Army” over the Royalist forces of King Charles II in the battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651, the final battle of the English Civil War.
    See Owen, op. cit., 8:312; “The Battle of Worcester,” on Wikipedia at [accessed 10 APR 2015]; and “St. Margaret’s Church,” on Westminster Abbey at [accessed 10 APR 2015].


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