Wholehearted Worship Inspires Faith

Daily God Walk for Saturday, November 19, 2011

 I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. – Psalm 9:1-2

 Some scholars believe that this psalm was written after one of David’s victories over the Philistines. In these first two verses David is praising God from the depth of his heart, then beginning in verse five he gives the cause of his praise; “My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you; For you have upheld my right and my cause.”

David was a man of well documented weaknesses, but he was also a man of great faith. God calls him a man after His own heart, and so he was. David trusted God when he went into battle and when he had won he did not take credit for himself but rather gave God the glory.

He writes, “The Lord reigns forever, He has established His throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; He will govern the peoples with justice. The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (v7-10).

“Those who know your name will trust in you.” The psalmist here is not just referring to those who have heard of the name of the Lord. He is speaking of those who “know” Him in a close and intimate kind of way, the way one knows a close relative or a dear friend. To know Him in that way is to trust Him because He is altogether trustworthy.

I pray that all of us who know Him and His name would have the kind of confidence that David had. That his full trust was in God is evidenced when he faced the giant, Goliath, with only five stones and a sling.

Did God honor David’s faith, prompting David to worship Him wholeheartedly, or did David worship God wholeheartedly and because of that God gave him great faith. Either way David worshipped. Wholehearted worship does inspire faith.

 Prayer: God, grant me the heart of David to worship you. Amen.

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