January 16, 2020
2 Samuel 7:18-23
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!
“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.
Ladies, before we dive into David’s prayer of thanksgiving, let’s take a closer look into what brought him to his knees before the Lord with such humble gratitude.
You see, David had settled in his palace after winning many battles and he now reigned over all of Israel and Judah. I’m guessing that he was pondering his blessings and his current situation. Life was good. He had a thought and shared it with his servant Nathan, “Why am I sitting in a fine house while the ark of God is sitting in a tent?” (He was thinking of building a temple for the Lord.) Nathan advised him to go for it, to trust his gut on what God was telling him to do, because the Lord was with him. And during the night, God came to Nathan with a revelation for David.
“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’
“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.
“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’” Nathan reported to David all the words of this entire revelation. 2 Samuel 7:5-17
Sisters, it’s easy to understand David’s overwhelming gratitude isn’t it? A really GREAT thing had just happened. God had made a promise, a Covenant with David that would not only bless him and his family now, but it would bless the generations to come. This is HUGE! (This was actually one of the five covenants of God.)
When great things happen in our life, it is so easy to be filled with praise and thanksgiving for our Lord. But what about when things aren’t going great? Can we find gratitude in those moments? David did. He is known for coming into the presence of God to worship with thanksgiving and praise. Whether he was singing or dancing or making music or speaking words of poetry, David praised God continuously with gratitude no matter the circumstances.
There’s a saying that says if the only prayer you said today was thank you, that would be enough! Sisters, there is always something to be thankful for. What are you grateful for today? Let’s blow up the comments below with words (spoken or written) of gratitude. And collectively, let’s praise God for all He has done for us.
For further reading: Psalm 7:17, 2 Corinthians 9: 15, Colossians 3:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Dear Father, We enter your presence with thanksgiving in our heart and give you praise! How grateful we are for You. Help us remember Lord, whether it’s a good day or a bad day that You are a good God! We are on our knees and like David, we are humbled by all that You are and all that You have done for us. Every good and perfect gift is from above. (James 1:7) You’re a good, good Father and we love you! In Jesus’ name and for the Father’s glory. Amen.