We know that God is both able and willing to provide for those who trust in Him. He is great in power and rich in mercy. He wants to see us prosper and succeed. He wants us to go to Him with our praise and our needs.
When we go to God with our requests, what’s our reason for asking? Is it simply because we have a need? David made many requests of God, but in his asking, he also made an offer of sorts.
You are my rock and my fortress,
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this peril.
Psalm 31:3 (NLT)
For the honour. David wasn’t aiming to merely be set free from peril, he wanted to be lead to freedom so that he could give honour to the name of the God who brought him out.
This verse brings to mind a song from Elevation Worship* that bears the same title as this post:
For the honor of the Father
Who reaches out to us
That we might live inside His love
He gave His only Son
For the honor of the Savior
Let the cross be lifted high
The great exchange of love and grace
Came down to give us life
For the honor of the Spirit
Whose power lives in us
That we might see much greater things
As we embrace Your love
For the honor of Your kingdom
Whose reign will never end
We’ll give our lives in sacrifice
Until You come again
We’ll honor You forever
All that God does in and for us is not only for us, but for Him as well. It is for His glory and honour that He supplies our needs.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
Go ahead and make your requests known to God, but don’t forget to give honour where honour is due. When your needs are met, be sure that God gets all the glory—He is far more deserving of the praise than we are of whatever it is we’ve asked of Him.