Our Prayer of Praise, 2019

If King David was leading us today in the prayer of praise we read in 1 Chronicles, it would probably sound something like this –

Oh, LORD, our God, we will praise you forever and ever.  You are so great, God!  You have all power, glory, victory and majesty!

Everything in the heavens and earth is your’s Father.  This is your kingdom and we adore you.

All wealth and honor come from you – you are the King over everything.  You control all power and might.  You decide which of your people are made great and are given strength.

Thank you, God!  We praise your glorious name.

But who are we, God?  We can’t really give you anything because everything already belongs to you. 

We are here on this earth for merely a moment – this is not our home.  We are but a passing shadow on this earth – quickly gone without a trace.

Everything belongs to you, God.  We know that you see our hearts and rejoice when you find faithfulness and integrity in them.  You know if our motives are good and if we give willingly back to you with joy.

Oh, LORD, please help us obey you.  Help us love you.  Give us a hole-hearted desire to live as you want us to live.

When David was finished, the entire assembly praised God.

We join with King David today to praise you, Father.

I Earned It

I work hard.

I got the degree.

I put in the extra effort.

I save it and invest it well.

There are a lot of I’s in those statements, aren’t there?  As James would say to us, “Don’t be deceived, my dear brother and sisters.”

The truth is – everything comes from God.  God owns it all.  My paycheck, my house, my car, my IRA – it’s all God’s and he has given it to me.  Just like he has given whatever you have to you.

God provides for us.  He gives us the ability to work for a living.  He helps us grow our skills and knowledge.  He gives us perseverance to get up every morning and the strength to complete our tasks for the day.

It all comes from him.

I love the visual I see in my head as I read 1 Chronicles 29.  King David is standing in the middle of huge mounds of gold, silver and bronze.  There are piles of precious stones all around him.

With his hands held high up to the sky, he praises God and says, “Everything in heaven and earth is your’s”.

It’s all God’s.  Everything we have and are comes from God.  I have the right perspective when I understand that I am totally dependent on God for everything.  Until I get to that place, I am deceiving myself.

“Now, our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name.”

Thank you, Abba Father.