Posted by: Toni Sprandel | April 22, 2013

Psalm 70

Please know this, I am not bragging, but after reading through the book of Psalms for the past 15 years, I can’t believe how I missed this.  Just goes to show, we can learn something new each and every day!

Psalm 70:4,5 says this:

4″Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually,’Let God be magnified.’ 5But I am afflicted and needy; hasten to me, O God!  You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.”

As I read this a second time this morning, it hit me that this prayer David prayed, has similarities to the LORD’s prayer, praise first and then petition.

When I read verse 4, I see that David is praising the LORD.  He says “let those who love Your salvation say continually, ‘Let God be magnified’.  We need to remember to praise the LORD. When we praise the LORD first, it puts us in the right frame of mind to tell Him about our needs. And praise is important because it helps us to remember who God is.

David then cried out and was pleading for God to come quickly with His help.  David was petitioning the LORD for help.  Luke 11:3 Jesus says we are supposed to pray ‘Give us each day our daily bread.’  Jesus is letting us know, it is ok to ask (petition) the LORD for help.  Whether it is a request for our daily bread or help in a very serious situation, the LORD is ready, willing and waiting to help us out.  Even in our moments of panic.

So when we pray, it is important to remember that praising the LORD first shows respect and reverence for Who the LORD is. Don’t take Him for granted and treat Him as a vending machine.  Then, boldly and persistently make your requests known.  Acknowledging Who He is helps us to grow in our faith and trust in what He can do in our lives.


  1. When we read that his Word is “living and active,” sometimes that’s the beauty in it. Fresh insight as our understanding matures and bolsters our faith. There’s probably a whole stream of thoughts about moving from “milk” to “meat” even using the same passages…maybe.

  2. That’s what I so love about the Lord – He is so dynamic. His Word is so alive that 15 years later we see something in a passage for the first time! such beauty!

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