Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Prayer of David

May 7: 2 Samuel 7 & 1 Chronicles 17

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 19 And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God!

22Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23 And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods? 24 And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O Lord, became their God.
2 Samuel 7:18-19 & 22-24

27 Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever.
1 Chronicles 17:27

Prayer of David

I love Bible passages such as we are reading today, because they give us a peek into the very heart of David as he pours his heart out to the Lord in prayer. David had purposed to build a house of cedar for the Lord, but through Nathan, the prophet, God told him that the house was to be built by his son who would rule after him.

Look at some of the words of David's prayer.

Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? . . . . Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever.

Look at David's confidence in God shown in 1 Chronicles 17:27 when he states: for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever. There is no doubt there--if the Lord has blessed it, then it is blessed forever.

It would be good for us to pray this prayer of David as well. For who are we that God has brought us this far? It is only through the greatness and power of God, who leads us and keeps us all of the years of our sojourn on this earth, that we can look with confidence for a heavenly city to come where we will live with Christ forever.

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.



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