King David did not receive God’s approval to build the temple, so the king took it upon himself to make preparations. And God, through his people, provided in an abundant way. The Israelites gave willingly to the work. With “a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly” (1 Chronicles 29:9). This is a portion of David’s thanksgiving prayer.
1 Chronicles 29:10-13
Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”
This prayer was a public proclamation. David acknowledged God as the owner of all things and praised him for his power, greatness, and glory. David recognized that all things come from God’s sovereign hand. We can use this as a model prayer to exalt God for his person and his work.
- Following David’s prayer, acknowledge God for his greatness, power, glory, victory, majesty, and sovereignty.
- Pray that God will be honored in your life and in the lives of your children. Ask him to allow your children to know that God alone has the power “to make great and to give strength to all.”
Father, thank you for your great work in our lives. We praise your glorious name—in times of great blessing and in the challenges of life. You are always good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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