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Only the Best for the Lord’s Temple and the Musicians

Heavenly Father, what a wonderful creation you made. All the stars, planets and moons in the universe and everything on this earth. All the birds and animals as well as all the plants and trees. And the scripture for my prayer is centered around a very specific tree, a tree that King Solomon consider the finest, the best! Thank you for creating so many trees. Two years ago Science Magazine had a short article about the new archive database that researchers and scientists have compiled that catalogs over 60,000 trees! Thank you for being a God of order and a God of fine detail. It is amazing that you created this earth with such a huge variety of everything! Your handiwork is there before our eyes as witnessed by botanical experts! And so this validates the scripture (Romans 1:18-20 – see below) that says people are without excuse when they try to claim to not know about God. Yes, Lord, you have made yourself quite evident in your creation … even in our world’s trees! Thank you for such an extensive and exquisite creation made just for us! And thank you for the scripture that speaks of just ONE of the thousands of trees:

With the timber the king made supports for the Lord ’s temple and for the royal palace and stringed instruments for the musicians. No one has seen so much of this fine timber to this very day. (1Kings 10:12 NET)

or the ESV translation (similar to KJV):

And the king made of the almug wood supports for the house of the Lord and for the king’s house, also lyres and harps for the singers. No such almug wood has come or been seen to this day. (1Kings10:12 ESV)

Lord, I’m here. I’ve been here with you for quite some time, pondering these magnificent trees! And while each tree is beautiful, there was ONE tree that Solomon thought was best for the Temple. Perhaps thus we can refer to it as one of the royal trees. And now I lift up your daughter Lindsey. She is a fine musician, just like the royal musicians that the Scripture references. And she too has wooden stringed instruments made in the finest way. She has beautiful custom made violins. Lindsey, I pray this scripture over you this day. I pray that you would find ways to praise and honor the Lord with your fine stringed instruments. I pray that you would continue using the wonderful talents and skills that the Lord has gifted you with. I pray that your music would be royal, that it would be a delight for the Lord to hear. And together let us praise the Lord. Let us give HIM the glory! All the glory is his! I pray this over you in the name and authority of Christ Jesus, King of kings. Amen.

King James Version for your reference:

And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the Lord, and for the king’s house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day. (1Kings 10:12 KJV)

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