“Oh the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him we are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36, NIV)
This prayer by Paul, a doxology, borrows from prayers found in Isaiah 40:13 and Job 41:11. This prayer is an acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty. It’s an overwhelming, universal pronouncement of praise that is accompanied by a litany of characteristics that make such praise appropriate.
This is a prayer that, when said aloud in public worship, will cause us, our brothers and sisters, and anyone who prays it to sit up straight or kneel down low. It’s a prayer calling us to realize that we are truly in the presence of God, that we are always in the presence of God. It’s not only a remembrance of who God is, but who we are and whose we are.
Our prayers usually offer praise to God. Why not use something powerful–straight from Holy Scripture?