Sunday 13 November, 2016

2 Samuel 7:18-29

18 Then King David went into the holy tent. He sat down in front of the Lord. He said, “Lord and King, who am I? My family isn’t important. So why have you brought me this far? 19 I would have thought that you had already done more than enough for me. But now, Lord and King, you have also said what will happen to my royal house in days to come. And, my Lord and King, this promise is for a mere human being! 20 “What more can I say to you? Lord and King, you know all about me. 21 You have done a wonderful thing. You have made it known to me. You have done it because that’s what you said you would do. It’s exactly what you wanted to do for me. 22 “Lord and King, how great you are! There isn’t anyone like you. There isn’t any God but you. We have heard about it with our own ears. 23 Who is like your people Israel? God, we are the one nation on earth you have saved. You have set us free for yourself. Your name has become famous. You have done great and wonderful things. You have driven out nations and their gods to make room for your people. You saved us when you set us free from Egypt. 24 You made Israel your very own people forever. Lord, you have become our God. 25 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made to me and my royal house. Do exactly as you promised. 26 Then your name will be honored forever. People will say, ‘The Lord rules over all. He is God over Israel.’ My royal house will be made secure in your sight. 27 “Lord who rules over all, you are the God of Israel. Here’s what you have shown me. You told me, ‘I will build you a royal house.’ So I can boldly pray this prayer to you. 28 Lord and King, you are God! Your covenant can be trusted. You have promised many good things to me. 29 Now please bless my royal house. Then it will continue forever in your sight. Lord and King, you have spoken. Because you have given my royal house your blessing, it will be blessed forever.”

If somebody were to give me a brand new laptop or phone for free, out of the kindness and generosity of their heart, I would respond. My response would be delight and thankfulness. My emotions would stir as a desire to praise them would well-up inside of me.

David responds to God in a similar manner, an appropriate manner given this unmerited blessing of mammoth proportions.

O Lord, your blessings towards me are unceasing, their magnitude beyond measure. You desire a response from my heart that leads to a devotion of will. Your blessings are to lead me into the greatest blessing, a blessing that David knew – that I may dwell in your courts forever, lifting up your Name.

May I never forget to respond to your never-ending blessings. May I never forget that Christ Jesus is my greatest blessing.

Written by Andrew Mellor

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