Thursday 10 September, 2020

2 Samuel 7:18-29

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: “Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human! 20 “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord. 21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant. 22 “How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 23 And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? 24 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God. 25 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, 26 so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight. 27 “Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”

In the previous part of this chapter, we read that David shared his idea with the prophet Nathan that he wanted to build a house for God. This sounded like an excellent idea to Nathan and he encouraged David to do so, telling him that the Lord was with him.

However, later that night God told Nathan to take a message to David that God did not want David to build a house for Him. Rather than David making a house for the Lord, God would be making him a house. God would set up a descendant after David, and God would establish his kingdom forever as the Messiah would be a descendant of David.

We then read in today’s passage a beautiful prayer, as David is pouring out his heart in awe and thanksgiving for what God has done in his life.  David is keenly aware that he is unworthy to have received such grace and goodness from God. I am also struck by David’s repeated use of the term “Sovereign Lord”, reminding himself that God is in control of the world and in control of David’s life.

Gratitude, and also reminding ourselves of the sovereignty of God, are extremely healthy practices for each one of us.

Gratitude reminds us of the goodness of God in spite of all our faults and weaknesses. David had a lot of personal failure in his life and knew that he didn’t deserve the blessings that God was giving him.  We too, have so much to be thankful for – we have been forgiven, set free from sin, chosen by God to be part of His family and promised an eternal home in His Kingdom.

In addition to practicing gratitude, acknowledging the sovereignty of God is a great antidote to anxiety. It reminds us that we don’t have to try and control everything – that the world and our very lives are in the hands of One much more powerful, more loving and more capable than we are.

Lord, today I am once again in awe of Your goodness to me and comforted by Your sovereignty and power. Whatever crazy stuff this world may be throwing at us right now, we can rest in peace, knowing that our gracious Sovereign Lord is still on the throne, and we are safe in His hands.

Written by Shelley Witt

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