Friday, July 22, 2016

David's Prayer and God's Promises for Us

1 Samuel 7:18-29*

Significance and Future
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! 

David recognizes his "smallness" before an awesome God and praises the Lord because of the future He promised to him. We, also, are promised that we are precious in God's sight, and that as children of God, no matter what our circumstances may be or where they may lead us, we are never, ever alone.

Faithfulness and Omniscience
20 And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! 21 Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. 

David trusts that God will complete His promises and that he really needs to say nothing because God knows everything, including his heart and thoughts and words. Today, we have promises from Scripture that we must claim in order to strengthen our faith. We must recognize God's greatness if we are to understand that He is everywhere all the time, completely powerful, and nothing can be hidden from Him. 

Greatness and Redemption
22 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. 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 themgreat 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. 

David glories in God's goodness in redeeming a wayward people for His own glory. God made His name great by setting apart Israel from the land of pagan peoples. Just as the Israelites of old, we are commanded to worship the one true God and give glory only to Him. While we may not worship wood and stone, we still sin when we place people or things on the throne of our heart and give glory to them. There is no God like our God, and our obedience and praise to Him exalts His glory. 

Glory and Honor
25 And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken. 26 And your name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 

David request that God would confirm His promise, not just to reassure David, but to bring more glory to God and that people would praise Him for it. We must also pray in this manner--that God's promises would be fulfilled, not just so we can be comforted and secure, but so that others would see God's glory and be drawn to Him in salvation. 

Courage and Truth
27 For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. 

David found courage to pray from God's promises. He's comforted and reassured that God will do what He says He will do and that it will come to pass. We also must take courage from God's promises and pray through that courage. Many times our situations discourage us from praying or reading the Word, but it is in those moments that we need courage most. And courage comes from knowing God's Word and holding it before the throne of grace, to find mercy, and courage, in times of need. 

Blessing and Eternality
29 Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.

David asks for a blessing and praises God that the blessing will be forever. God had promised that a temple would be built for Him, but that later on a Suffering Savior would come who would reign on David's throne forever. Today believers still pray for God's blessing on our lives, homes, and people we love, but I think we forget that we are blessed now and forever--it's not something we must ask for because He forgot to give it. It's already there, and we must remember that it remains forever in Christ. We are blessed in all the heavenly places in Christ because He chose us and made us perfect in Him. That's more than even the angels can say.

*Verses quoted from the English Standard Version.

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