This week we’ve been exploring the second part of My Tea Cupp Prayers, E for Exalt. One reason I like praying God’s Word so much is His Word praises Him perfectly. Where my words fall short, God’s Word always glorifies Him.
When I am sad or scared, I love praise verses like…
Psalm 32:7 (NIV)
“You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
So many praise verses can be found right in the Psalms. But be sure to look in all the books of the Bible because there are so many other great verses for praising God. Check out these verses…
1 Chronicles 29:11 (NIV)
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; You are exalted as Head over all.”
Revelation 5:2 (NIV)
“In a loud voice they sang:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
Some days I’ll pray for God to be glorified in what I’m doing that day, or at the churches in town, or in our ministry. I’ll pray for the pastors and people involved to glorify God that day. I pray God will be exalted in miracles sent to answer prayers.
And very often I pray for Jesus to come again so that the whole world will glorify Him, Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV) “Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every Name,
that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”
One neat thing to think about, the disciples exalted Jesus even while He was living among them. After the episode where Jesus walked on the water…Matthew 14:33 (NIV), “Then those who were in the boat worshipped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’” They worshipped Jesus even before they understood His dying and saving them, and His promise of eternal life in heaven. Since we live on this side of the cross, and know the whole story, shouldn’t we praise Him all the more?
As you read your Bible, be on the lookout for verses you can pray to exalt our Lord. Underline them and pray them to praise God each day.