Arguing with God: His Glory

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Psalm 72:18-19
M’Cheyne Text: Ezekiel 24; Psalm 72

Last Friday, we wrote about filling our prayers with arguments before the Lord. This week, we model prayers that do that. [1]

Pre-Prayer Worship: None But Thee [2]
(by Young Oceans with Eric Marshall of Trinity Grace Chelsea)

Lord,

We confess that we stand in a long line of your people who have rejected your leadership. When the Israelites demanded, “Give us a king to lead us”, you lamented because you wanted to be their king. You even warned them that a king would take their land and resources without solving their problems. But they did not listen. Instead, they said, “We want a king! Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles” [3]. They did not meditate and muse on your promises: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” [4].

In your great mercy, however, you gave them many good kings who sought your face. Solomon, for example, asked for things that would bless others. He prayed, “Give the king your justice, O God … May he judge your people with righteousness” [5]. He also prayed for things that would benefit himself: “Long may [the king] live; may gold of Sheba be given to him! … May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun!” [6]. But he tethered his requests to the great reality of knowing you as the ultimate king: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever, may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” [7] When he asked for blessings, he asked them for the sake of your glory. That by his rule, all people would know that you are king.

Today, we ask you to bless our leaders for the sake of your glory. Give them your justice that they may rule us with righteousness. Give them courage to defend the poor against the oppressor. Give them wisdom to make difficult decisions with limited information. May they be like rain that falls on mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In their days, may the righteous flourish and peace abound. Over all of this, however, we pray that they might know you. May they fear you while the sun endures. May they fall down before you. May your name endure forever.

Amen and Amen.

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Footnotes

[1] See 843 Acres. “How to Argue with God.” 14 September 2012.  |  [2] Courtesy of Young Oceans with Eric Marshall, worship leader at Trinity Grace Chelsea. To order entire album, see iTunes or Amazon.com.  |  [3] See 1 Samuel 8.  |  [4] Exodus 14:14  |  [5] Psalm 72:1-4 ESV  |  [6] Psalm 72:15, 17 ESV  |  [7] Psalm 72:18-19

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2 Responses to “Arguing with God: His Glory”

  1. Hi Bethany–and others. I really enjoyed the prayers this week. This last one quotes from one of my favorite Psalms. But I was always under the impression that this psalm/prayer was written by David FOR Solomon. It makes for a beautiful way to end the second book–and, as a prayer for blessing, it recalls the very first psalm…so there is a kind of divine ring structure at play here. At any rate, thanks much, as always. God bless.

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