Sovereign Lord, it is You who has promised and You who brings to pass.
2 Samuel 7:18-29
How does David refer to God and to himself in this passage?
David's immediate reaction to Nathan's vision from God is to pray a prayer of thanks to God. How do you react to good news? Do you post it on Facebook or Twitter? Do you phone your friends or family? Or do you thank the provider of your success and praise God first?
David shows humility before God (18). Despite being the king of Israel, he realizes he is a normal person and praises God for the blessing he has received (22). Imagine being the start of an eternal dynasty. Saul's dynasty began and ended with him, but David the shepherd boy will have a kingdom for eternity through Jesus, his great descendant. Do we sometimes struggle to believe the promises God makes to us? Do we praise God for the blessings he has given to us?
David also recognizes that his dynasty needs God's ongoing blessing and protection from sin (29). He knows that being blessed by God is about more than simply remaining in leadership and retaining the throne. God had left Saul (1 Sam. 16:1), and although he was still king, without God's blessing he lacked direction and purpose. David prays that this will never be true of his own royal house.
Thank God for his blessings, and ask him for an ongoing sense of direction and purpose to your life.
Lord, build Your house, Your kingdom, in me. Let all I do bring You honor and bless Your heart.
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