“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.” (I Chronicles 29:11)
When King David neared the end of his reign as king over Israel, he had a great desire to build a temple for the Lord. David assembled all the leaders of the nation and told them of his dream. He shared what God told him about his plan. “God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.’” (28:3) Instead, God had chosen Solomon, the son of David, to build the temple. However, all the plans for the construction were given to David. “All this,” said David, “the Lord made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans.” (28:19)
King David also put together all the materials and needs for the house of God. He said, “Now for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might gold for things to be made of gold, silver for things of silver, bronze for things of bronze, iron for things of iron, wood for things of wood, onyx stones, stones to be set, glistening stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones, and marble slabs in abundance.” (29:2) David included his own treasures of gold and silver. Then all the people willingly offered what they had as well.
Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said:
“Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
And You are exalted as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You,
And You reign over all.
In Your hand is power and might;
In Your hand it is to make great
And to give strength to all.
“Now therefore, our God,
We thank You
And praise Your glorious name.
But who am I, and who are my people,
That we should be able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
And of Your own we have given You.
For we are aliens and pilgrims before You,
As were all our fathers;
Our days on earth are as a shadow,
And without hope.
“O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own. I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You. And give my son Solomon a loyal heart to keep Your commandments and Your testimonies and Your statutes, to do all these things, and to build the temple for which I have made provision.”
Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless the Lord your God.” So all the assembly blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before the Lord and the king. (29:10-20)
King David’s tremendous prayer at this assembly would kick off what became known as the nation of Israel’s golden age. That is hardly surprising as we see here the temperament of the leaders and people. They really meant it when they declared, “O Lord our God!” I wonder if we have such a temperament in our day; if we really see God in such a high estate? Perhaps King David’s prayer recorded here could become our prayer. Perhaps the leaders and the people of Israel’s worship here could become our worship. Perhaps we could discover or rediscover an awe of the Lord our God that would bow our heads and make us prostrate fall.