Pour Your Heart Into It
Dear God, on this Your day, Your name is on my lips because You have placed it in my heart. All praise to You.
Consider: If you can, go to a window, look at the sky and pray, "Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over all the earth" (Psa. 108:5).
Howard Schultz is the founder and CEO of Starbucks Coffee. Since opening his first store in 1971, Schultz has turned one little shop into a global coffee brand. His book is a typical "how we did it" business tale, but its title, Pour Your Heart Into It, could easily describe David's approach to prayer. That's what we see in this psalm: David pours his heart into both praising God (1-5) and requesting his help (6,10-13). Over the centuries, countless millions have resonated with the psalms of David, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? The secret is that whether he was joyful or overwhelmed, David was always wholehearted in his approach to God. Is "wholehearted" a word that would describe your prayer life?
It's interesting, however, that Psalm 108 is apparently an editor's amalgamation of pieces from Psalms 57 and 60 (Psa. 57:7-11; 60:5-12; If you have time, take a minute to read them now.). That helps us to understand the original historical context. David wrote Psalm 57 while hiding from Saul in the cave of Adullam (1 Sam. 22:1,2). Psalm 60 was stimulated by the rough and tumble in one of David's military campaigns (2 Sam. 8:3-6). David's struggles are one of the things that formed him into a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22). Honestly, I do everything I can to avoid struggles, but I have to admit that my prayer life is never more alive than when I am in the middle of them.
The final prayer tip we can take from this psalm has to do with confidence. David was a confident prayer, but this wasn't based on his power or ability: rather, it was based on his confidence in God (13). David's strategy in life, leadership and prayer was this: trust God wholeheartedly.
How are you feeling right now: joyful, overwhelmed or something else? Pour your heart into expressing that to God and asking for his help.
Gracious God, when times get difficult for me, I ask for grace, that I may learn what You want to teach me.
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