Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
There are days while journalizing my prayers that I don’t ask for anything. I pause to praise. I don’t ask God to heal the sick but I thank Him for their lives and their influence in my life. I don’t ask God to bless my children and grandchildren as I normally do, but I thank God for each one by name. I don’t ask for provisions or resolution to problems, I just thank God for all He is, what He has done, is doing and will do in my life. I thank God for what I see Him doing in the lives of those around me. I thank Him for life. I thank God for less worry that comes knowing He is with me. I thank God for saving my soul for eternity.
I look around my back yard and I thank God for the way He delicately and intricately made everything–absolutely everything. I praise God for His power and might and His right to judge coupled with tender mercy and grace, like no one on earth can do. I thank God, again, for saving my soul. I thank Him for a forever future with Him.
David pauses to praise and just say thank you to the God of Creation in his prayer for today.
Psalm 8, The Message
A David Psalm
God, brilliant Lord,
yours is a household name.
2 Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
toddlers shout the songs
That drown out enemy talk,
and silence atheist babble.
3-4 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?
5-8 Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods,
bright with Eden’s dawn light.
You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,
repeated to us your Genesis-charge,
Made us lords of sheep and cattle,
even animals out in the wild,
Birds flying and fish swimming,
whales singing in the ocean deeps.
9 God, brilliant Lord,
your name echoes around the world.
SOMETHING TO CHEW ON…
When we pause to praise God and just say thank you, joy and a peace that passes all understanding overwhelms our being like a great waterfall cascading down upon us as we stand under God, in awe of God. We are washed clean by the blood of the lamb. Sweet peace. Joy, unspeakable and full of glory for God comes by acknowledging our gratefulness for His redemption.
Yes, God is God and we are not. Let us stop and just say thank you. In a lifetime we will never be able to thank God enough but He loves it when we try. Begin to list all the attributes of God, all that He has done, is doing right now and probably will do in your future. This exercise of praise teaches us to live a life of gratitude before God, a life pleasing to God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you, just thank you. Thank you for creation to enjoy. Thank you for trusting us to manage creation and all you provide for us with your help. Thank you for guiding our every thought and action. Thank you for allowing us to see glimpses of you in others, in your creation, and in our praises to You as a people who love You back. Thank you for saving us and delivering us from evil.
In Jesus Name, Amen