7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!
8 Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn!
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
17 Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.
18 O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.
19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name.”
Daniel’s magnificent prayer of confession comes to a climax in these verses. I wonder if Paul had this in mind when he described true, godly repentance in 2 Cor. 7?
7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah (ESV)
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thess. 2:16-17
“Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise…” Ps. 48:1
In this new day, You are worthy of praise. You are great, beyond what I can comprehend as great. I look at a mountain in its majesty, its massiveness, its height, its girth, its raw beauty…It is great, but not great as You are great.
I look at the sky. It extends over the earth, from one horizon to the other. It is filled with beauty, immensity, space, inpenetrability. It is filled with life, as the birds of the air fly to and fro, on courses that You have determined for them. They go here and there, they are great…the sky is great. It is filled with clouds, sometimes whisps of cotton, sometimes boulders of grey, sometimes dark in their furrows and threatening in their countenance. They are great, the sky is great. But they are not great like You, Lord.
I have seen the sky at night. It seems to go on into eternity. The stars in their courses represent worlds, so called, that are almost inconceivable in their distance from us…but they are there. You know the stars, you know the placement of each one. You brought each one into existence at its appointed time. You will extinguish each one at Your appointed hour. Though the stars and the planets are great, they are not great like You, O Lord.
Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise…
You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. (Ps. 40:5)