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Summary: Here's a sermon that would be appropriate just before or after the Kentucky Derby.

Winning The Race Of Life

1 Chronicles 29:10-19

10 Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said: "Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.

11Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory

and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the

kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all.

12Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your

hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give

strength to all.

13"Now therefore, our God, We thank You and praise Your glorious name.

14But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to offer so

willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have

given You.

15For we are aliens and pilgrims before You, as were all our fathers;

Our days on earth are as a shadow, and without hope.

16"O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You

a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own.

17I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in

uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly

offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are

present here to offer willingly to You.

18O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever

in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart

toward You.

19And give my son Solomon a loyal heart to keep Your commandments and

Your testimonies and Your statutes, to do all these things, and to build the

temple for which I have made provision."

The great king David was about to give up his throne.

So he calls the congregation together and prays.

That prayer has lessons to us today

Point #1.

David gives credit where credit is due.

Verses. 10-13 10 Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said: "Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. 11Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all. 12Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give

strength to all. 13"Now therefore, our God, We thank You and praise Your

glorious name.

David had a great reign.

He defeated Saul, the Philistines, and other invaders.

He began preparations for building the temple, and so on.

However, David gives credit where credit is due.

The things that may have been attributed to himself,

David says the credit goes to God!.

You see, God works in spite of us.

In fact, everything good that is accomplished in this church,

is because of God.

What we have in our personal lives...in this church...

the credit belongs to God!

Application:

This also has an application out in the world.

Far too many people are out to accomplish something in life.

Many people are trying to become "a success".

Let me tell you the story about:

Two Kentucky farmers who owned racing stables

had developed a keen rivalry.

John Parker owned a fine 3 year old colt named "Big Bucks".

Mike Roland had a 3 year old filly named "Career Girl".

Both horses were extremely fast.

John and Mike had spent many hours training and caring for...

their fine thoroughbred race horses.

Both men took great pride in their horses.

They were putting everything they had in their horses.

They allowed their horses to consume nearly all their time.

Both men believed the abilities of their horses...

was the result of their skills as horse trainers.

Transition:

Often our words, attitudes, and lives...

are a living Gospel for others to see.

This becomes even more effective

when we give credit where credit is due.

When we are salt and light, people take notice.

One of the best things we can do

is use these opportunities to point people in God's direction.

What do you have that you are proud of?

Do you give God credit for what you have?

(Pause)

Another way David gives credit where credit is due

is by knowing that greatness and success are granted by God

In the church, this means knowing that we can't do anything great

unless God is in it.

In the recipe of success for the church,

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