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A Prayer of David

June 9, 2016

Sometimes our prayers can reveal what is in our hearts.  David said a prayer at the dedication of the materials that had been collected to build the temple that revealed many things about his understanding of God.

I Chronicles 29:10-18

Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said:

“Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
11 Yours, 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.
12 Both 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.
14 But 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.
15 For 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. 17 I 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. 18 O 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.

I.  Everything Belongs to God

If you are going to believe in a god, it might as well be a big god.  The God of the Bible is indeed over all.  Everything is His.  What we have, we do not own, we are merely stewards or managers.

II.  Everything Comes From God

Sometimes we think that we have worked hard for our belongings.  That nobody ever gave us anything.  We may fail to recognize that at any time our life could end or our health could fail.  Our best efforts could be thwarted.  Things may not turn out the way that we would hope.

We should do our part.  We should plan carefully and work hard, but we should recognize that unless God blesses our efforts, we will fail.

III.  We Should Give God Thanks and Praise

Since everything we have ultimately comes from God, we should give God thanks and praise.  This is not meant to be an annual tradition, done only at Thanksgiving, but a normal part of everyday.

IV.  God Will Test Us

Will we be obedient to His Word and His Spirit?  Many people want to do their own thing rather than submit to what God wants us to do.

Will we trust Him?  Sometimes things do not go well for us.  Sometimes we are tested in our finances, our families, our jobs, really in all areas of our life.  Will we trust God to bring us through the storms of life?  God is worthy of our trust.

Will we love God more than the things of the world?  The things of the world can demand our attention.  They can be very attractive.  They can be a lot of fun.  Will we love the things of the world more than we love God?  God should be the most important thing in our lives.

V.  Have a Heart for God

God loves us.  Will we love God?  Will we take the time to be in His presence?  To seek His face?  We should have a heart for God.  We should desire to be with Him more than anything else.

This prayer of David revealed some of his thoughts about God.  They would be good to include in our own life.

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September 29, 2009

I have enough.  I have enough time, talent, money, energy, help, etc. to do what God wants me to do.

The trouble is, that it always seems as though I do not have enough resources, to do all that I want to do.

Do you notice the difference?  The difference between what God wants me to do, and what I want to do?

God will supply all that we need to fulfill His calling in our lives.  It is when we are trying to work off script that we run into problems.

May God help me, and you, to recognize His calling in our lives, and to utilize His provision for the journey.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light, and we will find rest for our souls, if we seek to do His will, instead of our own.

He will take care of us.