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King David: Maintaining Balance in Steadfast Prayer

King David: Maintaining Balance in Steadfast Prayer

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” 

Colossians 4:2 


As we look through the book of Psalms, we see quite a variety of prayers. Prayers calling for help, intercession, thankfulness, praise, and petitions. Focusing on the topic of thankfulness and praise, we see that there is a wide variety and, in all things including our prayer lives, we are called to balance. Intercessory and petitioning prayer is hard work, and is emotionally, spiritually, and physically trying at times. We personally need the times of thankful and praising prayer to uplift us. Our God calls us to have a balance, as He knows what is best. 


As David’s son, King Solomon states in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  

3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 

a time to be born, and a time to die; 
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; 
a time to break down, and a time to build up; 
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; 
a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; 
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; 
a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; 
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 
8 a time to love, and a time to hate; 
a time for war, and a time for peace.” 



As we glean from this wisdom, let us also look at this from a perspective of God as our Heavenly Father. As I think back on my time as a child and the moments I had with my earthly father, and now watching children with their fathers, I see the example it sets for us of the balance we need with our Father above. 

A father feels great joy when his child is thankful and loves to be with him, not just depending on him for his every need but delighting to spend time with him. 

We can bring joy to our Heavenly Father by spending time with Him, praising and thanking Him for all He does for us every day. 


David truly had this wonderful balance with his heavenly father, he was absolutely steadfast in intersession and petitioning but also presented an abundance of praise and thankfulness unto God! With his mouth singing as he played the harp, and his hands being lifted up in prayer he glorified the Father. Here is an exemplary Psalm, of the many that can be found throughout, that contains petitions in thankfulness and praise of what God has done and what He will do. 


138 I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; 
    before the gods I sing your praise; 
2 I bow down toward your holy temple 
    and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, 
    for you have exalted above all things 
    your name and your word. 
3 On the day I called, you answered me; 
    my strength of soul you increased. 

All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord, 
    for they have heard the words of your mouth, 
5 and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, 
    for great is the glory of the Lord. 
6 For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, 
    but the haughty he knows from afar. 

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, 
    you preserve my life; 
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, 
    and your right hand delivers me. 
8 The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; 
    your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. 
    Do not forsake the work of your hands. 


Let us this week, in between our steadfast intercessory prayer, also remember to fill our Saviors heart with an abundance of joy. May we be overflowing with words, songs and prayers of thankfulness to Him! May we look through the Psalms in search of praises and thankfulness to follow as our example. In doing this we will continue to learn to perfect our prayers as He works in our hearts. 

 

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“Where neither moth nor rust corrupt”
Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me!

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