Steve Quiet, Worship Team
The Prayers of David, Son of Jesse
The Psalms–what an intimate look at King David through his prayer life. The collection of Psalms we were asked to study today are good examples of that intimacy with God. Things one would reveal to God, which probably would not be revealed to others. Things such as Psalm 109:6-15.
I would like to review not so much what he said, but how he gave us some good examples of how to go before the Lord. These are especially helpful to me, having grown up in a different church setting where very specific prayers were used as part of the church service, and in my prayer life.
In Matt 6:9-14, Jesus lays out the perfect four part template for prayer: Praise, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Petition.
David puts the praise and worship of God first in his prayer life. As you see, it may be in song, or as simple as using the word Lord in his opening to prayer.
I just had to revisit Psalms 103:1 and 108 with you, the passion is unmistakable. I hope you dwell on the words as I have this morning.
Psalm 103:1- “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Psalm 108 – “My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre, I will awaken the dawn, I will praise you, O Lord among the nations, I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens, your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”
1 John 1:9 says, “if we confess our sin, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
As David did, we need to be thankful to the Lord for what He has blessed us with. This is different for each of us; if you’re having trouble finding something to be thankful for today, some suggestions could be the following: we all were created in his image; Christ came and died on the cross for all our sins, if we trust in Him. God loved YOU so much he sent his Son for YOU. Gen. 1:27, John 1:29, Rom. 10:9-11.
This is the part of prayer I often go straight to first. That would be skipping praise, confession, thanksgiving and going straight to petition. The following are a few examples.
Lord would you help me with this, Lord would you fix that person, Lord I need your wisdom, and so on. There really are no wrong prayers; however, without putting the Lord first with praise, confessing our sin, and thanking Him for what you already have; your heart may not be in the right place for your petition.