Twice in Psalm 57 David prays the same prayer: “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” (5, 11) What a beautiful prayer. But do you know what he is actually praying?
First, we must remember and acknowledge that God’s glory is already over all the earth. “ The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) And Paul tells us in Romans 1:19-20 that, “what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” All of creation is displaying the wonder of God’s attributes. In a very real sense, God’s glory was over all the earth before David prayed this prayer. So what was he praying?
Clearly, the only thing left concerning the glory of God being over all the earth is for the people of the earth to acknowledge his glory. David was praying that people of every tribe, tongue and nation would come to a knowledge of the glory of God. And how can they come to this knowledge? Only through the Lord Jesus Christ. “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)
David was praying for the true worship of God to come to all peoples. He was praying for peoples everywhere to come to know God and believe in him and surrender their lives to him. David was praying for missions!
Is that the desire of your heart today? If so, what are you doing about it?
Prayer: Father, fill my heart with the wonder of your glory. Fill me with the desire to see others know you in all your glory. Help me to use my time and my talents and my treasure to see the message of your glory go throughout the earth.