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Getting to Know . . . 2 Samuel! (7:18-29) A Prayer of Courage and Deep Theology!

What a great prayer of humility! David makes some critical points as he responds to the Lord’s words to the prophet Nathan:
1. “Who am I?” David rehearses the kindnesses of the Lord in his life. And the Lord has decreed the future of David’s house (vv. 18-19).
2. “You know Your servant!” David rests in God’s knowledge of him (v. 20).
3. “Why You have done what You have done . . .” David says, “For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing (v. 21).
4. “You are unique!” David acknowledges God’s greatness, His uniqueness (v. 22).
5. “We, Your people, are unique!” David says that Israel is the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself — to make a name for Himself and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods! (v. 23).
6. “You have become our God!” David declares that God has established His people Israel as His very own forever. And God has become their God. (v. 24).
7. “Do as You have promised, Lord!” David asks the Lord to keep forever His promise “so that your name will be great forever.” So that people will say, “The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!” (vv. 25-26).
8. “Bless Your people, Lord, as You fulfill Your promises!” David says that he has “found courage to pray this prayer” to the Lord. He acknowledges God as the Sovereign God. His covenant is trustworthy and His blessing on the house of Israel will remain forever (vv. 27-29).

Some takeaways for me:
1. You can learn a lot about yourself by listening to your own prayers! This prayer by King David is courageous and solidly theological.
2. Realize that a me-centered universe is so wrong and sinful. The Lord does what the Lord does for His glory — for the sake of His word and according to His will.
3. Don’t miss the uniqueness of God’s people. He has become the God of those He has redeemed.
4. He is a God who keeps His promises. And we can praise Him for His faithfulness.

What promises of God are you praying back to Him today?

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2019 in 2 Samuel 7

 

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Getting to Know . . . 2 Samuel (7:1-17) A House for the Lord?

During a rare time of peace, David expresses his concern to Nathan the prophet for the ark of God. He says, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.” (v. 2). Nathan tells David that whatever he has in mind he should go ahead and do it, “for the Lord is with you” (v. 3).

But the Lord speaks to Nathan that night and tells him to say to David that He (the Lord) has dwelt in a tent since the day He brought the Israelites up out of Egypt. And he never said to any of Israel’s rulers, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” (v. 7). The Lord reviews David’s history and promises to make David’s name great and that He, the Lord, will provide Israel a place, a home of their own. Wicked people won’t oppress them anymore and He will give David rest from all his enemies (v. 11).

“The Lord himself will establish a house for you” (v. 11). Your offspring will be raised up when your days are over and I will establish his kingdom. “He is the one who will build a house for my Name.”

The Lord says that when he does wrong, “I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’”

Then Nathan reports “all the words of this entire revelation” to David (v. 17).

Several takeaways for me:
1. It is dangerous to be a mouthpiece (= prophet) of God. Sometimes one expresses an opinion that is not of the Lord. Nathan does that here — but is corrected by the Lord, probably in a dream.
2. David’s concern for the ark of the covenant is admirable, but the Lord surprisingly turns the tables on David and promises to build a home for his people and for David’s offspring. One can never out give the Divine Giver.
3. God uses human beings to do His will — and even to punish His own people when they do wrong.
4. God is capable of removing His love from a person (as He did with Saul).

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2019 in 2 Samuel 7

 

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