They bowed down, prostrating themselves before Yahweh and the king.
1 Chronicles 29:20
Today’s featured prayer is from 1 Chronicles 29:10-20 (LEB):
10 Then David blessed Yahweh in the sight of all the assembly, and David said, “Blessed are you, O Yahweh, God of Israel, our father forever and ever!
11 To you, O Yahweh, is the greatness and the power and the splendor and the glory and the strength, for everything in the heavens and in the earth. Yours, O Yahweh, is the kingdom and exaltation over all as head!
12 And wealth and glory are from you, and you rule over all. And in your hand is power and might. And in your hand is power to make great and to give strength to all.
13 And now, our God, we give thanks to you and offer praise to the name of your splendor.
14 And indeed, who am I, and who are my people that we retain power to offer according to these offerings willingly? For everything is from you, and from your hand we have given to you.
15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners like all our ancestors. Our days are like the shadow upon earth, and there is no hope of abiding.
16 O Yahweh our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build for you a house for your holy name is from your hand, and all of it is yours.
17 And I know, my God, that you yourself test the heart and are pleased with uprightness. I, in the uprightness of my heart, have willingly offered all these things, and now I have seen your people who are found here willingly offer to you.
18 O Yahweh, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors, keep this forever as a plan and thoughts of the heart of your people, and establish their heart toward you.
19 Grant to Solomon my son a heart of peace to keep your commands, your statutes, and your regulations to do everything, and to build the citadel for which I have provided.”
20 And David said to all the assembly, “Bless Yahweh your God!” And all the assembly blessed Yahweh, the God of their ancestors. And they bowed down and prostrated themselves before Yahweh and the king.
One of David’s last acts as king of Israel was to pray with and in the presence of the people that he led. We know David from the Psalms and from the stories told of his valiant battles, his heartbreaking struggles against his enemies, and his colossal failures but also of his repentant heart and the honor that he had among the people of Israel. The neon line that runs throughout these stories and songs of David is prayer. And in almost every one of his prayers and songs is the element of worship.
David understood that even kings are subject to the King of Kings and he never hesitated to lower himself in humility before Yahweh. Worship must be part of our prayer, in fact, it is where we should begin. Bowing down in worship is not just a suggested posture for others to see, it is a show of respect, an acknowledgement that we are subject to and surrendered to Yahweh Almighty. The angels bow in worship, they actually lower themselves, knees bent, torso to the ground, head lowered in a posture of surrender and adoration (Isaiah 6, Revelation 4). This is also the captured image in 1 Chronicles 19:20 “they all bowed down, prostrating themselves before Yahweh”.
Are you willing to prostrate yourself before the King of Kings today and during these 21 days of prayer? As we commence our fast, let us bow our knees and heads as we worship in response to the posture of our hearts. And may every individuals, communities and circumstances which we are covering in prayer be surrendered to the authority of Yahweh our Sovereign.
Read: 1 Chronicles 29:10-20 and Psalm 95
O come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before Yahweh our Maker. (Psalm 95:6)
Write: Let your songs of worship and praise resound in your writings today
Pray: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication