David praises God by saying,
“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly” (Psalm 52: 8-9, ESV).
David recognizes the importance of praise. Much of Psalm 52 is dedicated to praising God for what He has done and how He defends the righteous. David extends his praise through Psalm 54, saying,
“With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good. For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies” (Psalm 54: 6-7, ESV).
Isaiah provides another example of praise of God. Isaiah witnesses the glory of God in a dream. He describes God sitting on a throne with seraphim above Him, calling to each other
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isaiah 6: 3, ESV).
Praise is an oft neglected part of my prayers. It is good to thank God for everything that He has given me, yet I don’t do it nearly enough. David recognizes the importance of praise. God deserves continual praise for everything that He has done. Continual praise of God also helps me to keep my eyes on what’s important and helps me to not get distracted by all the little things in life that can pull me away from the glory of God.
Dear God, thank You for all that You have given me. Thank You for the family and friends whom You have brought into my life. Thank You for all the opportunities that You have given me. Most of all, thank You for sending your son, Jesus, down to earth to die for my sins on the cross. You are mighty God, and I know that I can rely on You and trust You to hear my prayers. You are my helper and the upholder of my life. Please help me to be grateful for everything that You have done for me. In Jesus’s holy name I pray. Amen.
Asher (Asher B)