Finding courage

Read 2 Samuel 7, 1 Chronicles 17

“O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to offer you this prayer.” 2 Samuel 7:27

So your servant has found courage.  It’s hard to find courage when you have been completely knocked off your feet by the wonder of God’s promise to you.  David starts off by wanting to give something to God.  He is finding that he has no enemies bothering him.  He’s had time to build himself a palace and look around to notice that the ark of God doesn’t have a home as nice as he does.  When he dreams in front of Nathan the prophet about how he’d like to build a house for God, Nathan initially thinks it a great idea.  But that night, God tells Nathan He has a different idea.  Read 2 Sam 7:8-11 again. Oh, if God had stopped there – that even would have been enough!  How gracious of God to: take David from being a shepherd of sheep to shepherding Israel, to be with him wherever he has gone, to plant his people Israel and give them a home, to establish a house for David. But God promises even more.  He promises a forever kingdom from David’s offspring (vv 13,16,29).

And David doesn’t miss the wonder of it.  “King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, ‘Who am I and what is my family that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant.  Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD?” (vv 18,19)  He couldn’t stand.  Perhaps his knees were shaking too much.  He can’t believe what God has done never mind what He has promised to do in the future.     I imagine David thinking something like: ‘Is this your usual way, God?  Because I thought I knew You.  But You have once again totally surprised me with the hugeness of Your generosity, Your lavish love. Is this usual for You?’  David can’t even find words to express his feelings and he’s a word kind of guy  🙂 (v 20).

Then the words come.  He finds courage to offer a prayer back to God. This is the interaction of the Davidic Covenant. Because God has revealed his will to David, David knows he can ask for this incredible blessing.  “Do as you promised, so that your name will be great forever, . . .” David prays (v 25). “Be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign LORD, have spoken. . .” (29). He speaks of Jesus .  David doesn’t know Him by name but he speaks of Jesus.  Because God revealed his will to David, he found courage to speak of Jesus coming from his line and being King forever.  His kingdom would never end.

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Oh let me hear You, O Sovereign LORD, when it pleases You to reveal Your will to me.  Let me find courage to pray in response. I am already amazed by how far You have brought me.  I long to walk with You into today and into the tomorrows as they come.

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