When David was in his greatest distress, in this Psalm it is when Saul is pursuing him to kill him; he did not pray and seek out his own petition for rescue. Instead he prayed to God to glorify himself and his own great name.
“Whatever becomes of me and my interest, be thou exalted, O God! above the heavens, be thou praised by the holy angels, those glorious inhabitants of the upper world; and let thy glory be above or over all the earth; let all the inhabitants of this earth be brought to know and praise thee.” Psalm 57:5
If God’s glory lies nearer our own hearts, shouldn’t we be more concerned for it, than for any interests of our own? Like David, we face distress, struggles and uncertainties in our own lives, should our first inclination be to pray that the Lord will exalt us above all those trials that lie before us?
When the Son of David’s soul was troubled as he faced eminent crucifixion and death and he prayed, “Father, save me from this hour,” he immediately withdrew that petition, and presented instead “For this cause came I to this hour; Father, glorify thy name,” John 12:27.
Our best encouragement in prayer is taken from the glory of God. The first petition in the Lord’s prayer sets the standard and directs all the rest, “Father in heaven, hallowed by thy name.” Luke 11:2.
When we glorify the Father, He will extend His glory to us and respond favorably to our petitions.
I pray that God’s glory will extend grace, love and mercy to you until we meet here again.
Be Encouraged, You Are Loved
- Prayer: connecting the finite with the infinite (scottstrissel.wordpress.com)