Below is a prayer of David. One of the best in Scripture. Can you find the following traits of David’s faith in this prayer?
- Awe in response to God’s saving work
- Hearing and listening to God’s Word clearly
- Devotion to God as a chosen loyalty to him as #1 in your heart, life and actions
- Identity: a clear understanding and confident grasp of who you God says you are
- Humility compared to others
- Gratitude for God’s gifts
- Yield (this is the “Y” of our P-R-A-Y acronym: Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield; it is submitting before God in faith and obedience when he answers our prayers)
“Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
‘Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, my God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, Lord God, have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men.
‘What more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant, Lord. For the sake of your servant and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made known all these great promises.
‘There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? You made your people Israel your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.
‘And now, Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.
‘You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever’” (1 Chronicles 17:16-27).
PRAYER: Lord God, I am in awe of your saving work for me, and I want to hear your Word more clearly to guide me. Speak truth to me about my identity, so that I live securely knowing that I am yours. May I practice humility and gratitude today, yielding to your will as I love and understand others. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Review the traits of David’s faith in this prayer, and then meditate about how you can better practice that trait of faith in your life. Use David’s example as your inspiration.