Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth.
— PSALM 108:5 —
Marcus Denny: Czech Bible Institute | Czech Republic
What is the greatest thing you have ever prayed for, could ever pray for, and should be praying for? What comes to mind? Consider the answer that lies in this singular verse. David’s plea is the very pinnacle of prayer for it encapsulates the principal plan of Scripture, the passion of the church, the maxim of missions, and the chief end of God—that God would be glorified. Yet how idolatrous is much of our praying! How easily we turn the ultimate purpose of prayer on its head and turn it into an idolatrous event where our wants, our desires, and our will become supreme! How easily we turn the ultimate purpose of prayer on its head and turn it into an idolatrous event where our wants, our desires, and our will become supreme! Let us do away with praying that speaks of God’s glory in attempt to manipulate Him to do our will. Such praying is not the pinnacle of prayer but the putrescence of it. Read David’s plea again and ask yourself, “Do I really know how to pray? Is this verse the cry of my heart? Is God’s glory my chief end? Is the goal of my praying truly His exaltation?” Confess to the Lord the times you have made prayer an idolatrous ceremony. Ask Him to purge your heart of the love of all lesser glories. And cry out with great urgency that by the power of the Holy Spirit the cry of the psalmist would become the cry of your own heart—that David’s prayer would encapsulate the essence of your own prayer. Let us learn to pray with him: Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth.