Powered by 4 - April 8, 2018

Praise-filled Petitions

Today's reading: Psalm 86:1-17

The loving and personal way David interacts with God always moves my heart. In this particular psalm, I was drawn to the way that David intertwines praising God with his request for help. Rather than filling his prayer with "please help" or "please fix" requests, he spends a good portion of his song recognizing God for who He is--His love, greatness, mercy, faithfulness. David is so focused on praising God that his entire request for help is framed in the context of highlighting God.

"Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me" (vs. 17).

What do your prayers typically look or sound like? Do you talk openly and passionately with God (like David)? Do your prayers include an element of recognizing and praising God for His goodness, His love, His provision, His sovereignty and greatness? Why is this important? Tami

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