‘The king rejoices in your strength, Lord.’ Psalm 21.1
These are more than simply encouraging words; King David was expressing something that he knew to be true. As the psalm unfolds, he begins to recount why he knows this to be true, and all the blessings that he has received. It is this that gives him confidence to bring before God his present difficulties. Yet even when he does this, it is not so much in the form of a prayer but in the confident assurance that God will deal with his enemies.
There is much we can learn from David as we wait for the touch of God upon our lives. If you are longing for healing, instead of simply repeating your prayer to God once again, begin by recounting what you know of him. What has he done for you? In what ways has he already touched you? Then let the knowledge of this shape your prayers for whatever troubles you now.
You could, of course, take the attitude that God has already blessed you so who are you to expect more, but this certainly wasn’t David’s attitude and his prayer is written down so that we can learn from it. It is because God has already done so much for you that you can be confident about his help today and in the days to come.
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