David Praises God
There in front of the whole assembly King David praised the Lord.
He said, “Lord God of our ancestor Jacob, may you be praised forever and ever!
You are great and powerful, glorious, splendid, and majestic.
Everything in heaven and earth is yours, and you are king, supreme ruler over all.
All riches and wealth come from you;
you rule everything by your strength and power;
and you are able to make anyone great and strong.
Now, our God, we give you thanks, and we praise your glorious name.
“Yet my people and I cannot really give you anything,
because everything is a gift from you,
and we have only given back what is yours already.
You know, O Lord, that we pass through life
like exiles and strangers, as our ancestors did.
Our days are like a passing shadow, and we cannot escape death.
O Lord, our God, we have brought together all this wealth
to build a temple to honor your holy name,
but it all came from you and all belongs to you.
I know that you test everyone's heart and are pleased with people of integrity.
In honesty and sincerity I have willingly given all this to you,
and I have seen how your people who are gathered here
have been happy to bring offerings to you.
Lord God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
keep such devotion forever strong in your people's hearts
and keep them always faithful to you.
Give my son Solomon a wholehearted desire to obey everything
that you command and to build the Temple
for which I have made these preparations.”
~ 1 Chronicles 29:10-19
From the Good News Translation via Biblegateway.com