David Prays

Prayer is really a beautiful thing. I am so grateful that I can come to the Lord about anything, at any time, anywhere. I cherish the time alone I get to truly commune with God, and have quickly learned that I need that time daily! I know instantly whenever I become troubled about something, that I just need to go to God about it, and I will find a peace and rest in that place that nothing else can provide.

Last night I came across a prayer in I Chronicles 29 that was so eloquent and so beautiful, and quickly pulled out from my heart a deep gratitude and admiration for God! It was prayed by David in front of a whole congregation before making his son, Solomon, the king:

Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory,
and the victory, and the majesty:
for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;
thine is the kingdom, O LORD,
and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honor come of thee,
and thou reignest over all;
and in thine hand is power and might;
and in thine hand it is to make great,
and to give strength unto all.
Now therefore, our God, we thank thee,
and praise thy glorious name.

But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
15For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.
16O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.
17I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.
18O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:
19And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.
20And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.

Trust in him at all times;
ye people, pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us.

Psalm 62:8