May 20, 2006
Read 1 Chronicles 27
Solomon encouraged to build the
David had reigned over
David then offered one of the most inspiring prayers recorded in the Scriptures. David said, Blessed be Thou, LORD God of Israel our Father, for ever and ever. 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. . . . and in Thine hand is power and might . . . to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name (29:10-13).
David's heartfelt prayer is a reminder to all of us that prayer should be a time of praising, and worshiping God with thanksgiving for who He is, as well as for what He has given us. As we recognize our total dependence upon God for everything, we will praise Him for His provision.When we neglect to praise the Lord daily, our worship often becomes a mere ritual. Every day, under every circumstance, in every thing give thanks (I Thessalonians 5:18). To grumble about our circumstances is to express dissatisfaction with God and to question His wisdom and His love for us.
Kneeling, bowing the head, and stretching forth hands are all expressions of worship. David was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write: Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD (Psalm 134:2). I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting (I Timothy 2:8).
Through the gold offered for the
27:2 course =ivision; 28:19 works =b> details; 29:1 tender =b> inexperienced; 29:3 proper good =b> personal treasure; 29:15 none abiding =b> no expectation; 29:19 palace =b>
Pray for Government Officials: Sen. Michael Crapo (ID), Rep. Wally Herger (CA), and Rep. Nick Rahall (WV) · Country: Trinidad and Tobago (1 million) two islands seven miles off the coast of Venezuela · Major languages: English and Hindi · Religious freedom · 34% Protestant; 29% Roman Catholic; 25% Hindu; 7% Muslim · Prayer Suggestion: Pray that you would be sanctified through the truth of the Word of God (John 17:17).
Memory Verse for the Week: Job 1:1