April 20, 2022
Thank you for praying for revival and for our prodigals today. When you pray, you are acting in faith that God hears, that God cares, and that God is able.
It is also an act of worship!
David said, “Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness” (Psalm 29:1). Every thought and every action that gives honor to the LORD is worship.
David was a person of worship. At the end of his life, he spoke to God before the nation, and his heart of worship was unmistakably seen. You can read the whole prayer in 1 Chronicles 29:10-19.
David worshiped, stating the awesomeness of His God. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all” (1 Chronicles 29:11).
There is no doubt in David’s mind as he declares the wonder of God’s greatness in these words. As far as David is concerned, God is the incomparable One!
There is none greater than He. His glory transcends all other glories. His victory is ultimate. His majesty is seen in the heavens. It all belongs to Him and He is above it all!
Thankfully, David’s God is our God!
David worshiped, owning his smallness before God. “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you” (1 Chronicles 29:14).
The loftiness of God should have an effect on all of us. It did for David. It caused him to say, “Who am I?” David understood how small he was before this awesome God.
Who am I that this great God should think of me? Who am I that God of heaven would consider including me and using me for His purposes? Who am I that such love and grace have been so lavishly poured out on me?
Let us all join in this question of David and worship our God!
David worshiped, recognizing that God brought trials into his life. “I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness” (1 Chronicles 29:17).
This word test means to examine, to scrutinize, to prove, and to make a trial. David realized that God put him through difficulties and allowed things to happen that were severe, and challenging, in order to prove his faith.
It is easy to worship in the good times when life is going well. It is much more difficult to worship when tears are flowing, hearts are breaking, and life is all darkness.
It is in these times that we draw closer to God and our hearts are filled with greater worship.
Lastly, David worshiped, leaving the future in God’s hands. “O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision” (1 Chronicles 29:18-19).
David didn’t have much time left, so he brought the people, his son Solomon, and the future to God in prayer. He did his part. He did what he could. Now, he was leaving the rest with God.
It was an act of faith and it was an act of worship to commit it all into the capable hands of God.
This is what happens when we pray.
Love in Christ,
Bryan and Rachel