David's Prayer

Michael Wilcock

READ : 1 Chronicles 29:10-19

In a splendid public ceremony the temple project was handed over by the one who had conceived it to the one who would carry it out. The first was the greatest of Israel’s kings; the second was going to be the most magnificent of them. All the great and the good of the nation were present at this event.

All the more striking, then, is the tone of David’s prayer. “Yours, not ours, is the kingdom,” he says to God; he and Solomon have no royalty of their own (verses 10-13). “Yours, not ours, are the world and its wealth” -they and their people have no resources of their own (verses 14-16). “Yours, not ours, is the power to create right attitudes in the human heart”-for all their spiritual advantages, these, the people of God, have no righteousness of their own (verses 17-19).

Few prayers are as perceptive, and therefore as effective, as this one. No wonder it is so often echoed, even today, in congregational worship. No wonder even our Lord was pleased to use its words in the model prayer he gave us: “Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.”

PRAYER

Who are we, Lord, that you should give us such privileges? All things come from you, and of your own do we give you. Amen.