In His Presence

“Increase the days of the king’s life, his years for many generations. May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever; appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him. Then I will ever sing in praise of your name and fulfill my vows day after day.” Psalm 61:6-8

David was praying for the king. Who was the king he was referring to? It may have been Saul. David had a heart to pray for his enemies and he knew that Saul had been anointed as the very first king of all of Israel. Often David protected the king from harm. But he may have also been praying for himself. As a young man, he was out tending sheep when suddenly he was called home. There stood the prophet Samuel with his father and other brothers looking on. Samuel took oil and poured it over David, anointing him as the next king. One minute he was a shepherd, the next he was the anointed king of Israel. How strange and terrifying might that have been? These few verses in Psalm 61 are a prayer. David was praying that the king would be enthroned in God’s presence. But we can pray that for ourselves. Each of us can pray that we will also be enthroned in God’s presence.

Lord, today we do ask that we can be enthroned in Your presence. Please protect us and increase our days. We love You Lord.

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