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? 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! 2 Samuel 7:18-19 NIV
How often do we pray like this? How often do we share with our Father in heaven how grateful we are for the blessings he bestows on us?
Here David, nails it all. Every aspect of what he says is pleasing to the Lord our God. He is absolutely bewildered, by the amazing mercy and grace God is raining down on him at this time. He actually asks, if this is God’s “usual” way of dealing with man.
He goes on to say:
“What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord. For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant “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. 2 Samuel 7:20-22 NIV
He acknowledges God’s sovereignty, his greatness, and his awesomeness. He also relates this to all God has provided him, his family, and what to he has promised to provide in his future. It can be easy at times, to acknowledge these emotions when things go well, much easier than when we have trials. More often we look to how we feel, as we enter into prayer. God has provided, to all of us, reasons to feel this way toward him.
Finally he says;
You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God. “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, 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. 2 Samuel 7:24-26 NIV
Always remember how this simple acknowledgement to our Lord will draw us close to him.
We all know that after this prayer, David’s life takes a down turn (at best). He never lets that remove from him, his ability to recall all the Father has done, and where his own heart lies.
He says later:
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” Psalm 51:10 NIV
Isn’t this really all we need, to walk daily with our Lord and Our God!
Special thanks for this submission by guest blogger – Barnabas