"Now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.2 Samuel 7:28(NASB)
The words being spoken by David in this beautiful prayer, are words that should be in our heart and on our lips - morning, noon, and night. God had blessed David in so many ways which caused him to ask, "Who am I, O Lord GOD, that you should bless me in this way. And what is my house, that You have brought me so far, and been so gracious to me?"
David had been chosen by God to be king of Israel and he desired to build a temple for the Lord, but being a man of war, this was not permitted. However, God in His grace had purposed to build up the house of David and to share this astonishing information about the everlasting aspect of his throne and kingly line. God promised to bless his descendants into the far distant future and to maintain king David's genealogical lineage and his royal heritage into all eternity.
The Lord Jesus was to be the ultimate and final King of kings Who would sit on David's throne, but this would only happen in God's timing and would be carried out to fulfil God's perfect plan and purpose for the redemption of the whole world. This promised offspring was to be born into the human race as God's final Prophet and Priest, and He was to be crowned King of Israel by His people - and the Lord Jesus was also to be Saviour of the whole world.
It was not because of David's exemplary life or military successes that this great honour was conferred upon him, for during his life he was embroiled in many indiscretions, ungodly actions, and sinful acts against the Lord. But he trusted God in his heart and believed His Words were steadfast and sure - and so God chose David to be one man through whom His own name and nature would be manifested to a lost world in need of salvation.
The Messiah would be born through the house and lineage of David, and God chose to tell his servant this astonishing news. No surprise that we read how David translated his own awe, wonder, thanksgiving, and praise into this beautiful prayer to the Lord.
The pledge of an enduring royal line, would culminate in the enthronement of the Messiah Who was to be the Seed of the woman and the promised Seed of Abraham. This Man would be born into David's own line. He was the Prince of Peace Who would sit on the kingly throne of David - not because of David's greatness, but for the sake of God's holy name and according to God's gracious heart.
David was humbled to realise that the great Creator of the universe had picked his particular nation of Israel to be God's chosen people, from all the nations of the earth. And to David's humble amazement, God had selected his own tribe of Judah and his own kingly line to finally fulfil His eternal plans and almighty purpose.
The Lord could easily have done all these great things without informing David - but in His grace and love, and according to His knowledge and wisdom, the Lord shared this information with the shepherd king of Israel who recognised the loving-kindness of his Creator in giving him this information.
No wonder David was moved to say, "You are great, O Lord GOD. There is none like You. There is no God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. You have done awesome things for Your land, and Your people, whom You have redeemed for Yourself."
No surprise that he continued to rejoice with the words, "Now therefore, O LORD God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant, David, and his house - confirm it forever and do as You have spoken so that the house of Your servant David be established before You - that Your name may be magnified forever - and so that the nations will say, 'The LORD of hosts is God over Israel.'"
The words David spoke in this beautiful prayer, should be in our own hearts and on our lips as well. The God of Creation gave an amazing revelation to His servant David... that He would build him a house. David found courage to pray his prayer to the Almighty God Who had proved faithful and true throughout past generations: "Now, O Lord GOD," David continued, "You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant."
The promise that the Lord made to David is wonderful, and will be fulfilled at Christ's return to earth to set up His kingdom - but the many precious promises that He has given to you and to me are no less wonderful. Let us never take our salvation for granted, and let us never treat as insignificant our eternal position in Christ, our future inheritance, the forgiveness of sins, and everlasting life - for what God has said He will fulfil - not because of who we are but for the honour of His holy name and to the glory of Jesus Christ - our God and Saviour.
Heavenly Father, the promise you gave to David, that there would always be a Man to sit on his throne, is indeed wonderful. But the most wonderful and glorious truth is this; You loved me so much that you sent Jesus to pay for the price of my sin and that by His Resurrection, He broke the power of sin in my life and caused me to be called a son of God and a joint-heir with Christ. Lord, for this I will continue to be eternally grateful. May all I say and do be to the honour of Your name, for You alone are worthy. Thank You, Father. In Jesus' name, AMEN.
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