“David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.”
1 Chronicles 29:10-13
When I was young in the faith, my prayers often ran along the lines of “God, please help me with…” – and I’d fill in the blank with whatever situation I wanted changed in the moment. God was always gracious to hear me, but after a while He began to nudge me towards a different kind of prayer. As I read more of David’s Psalms and songs, I found myself shifting my prayers around. Instead of launching right into requests, I began to spend time praising God first. Making that change, focusing on Him rather than me, has enriched my worship life and blessed my heart!