King David's Prayer

King David’s Prayer, Part Two

This is the second part in my series on King David’s prayer. If you’d like to read the first post (discussing verses 18-20), please click here. Thank you!

Scripture for the Day: Second Samuel 7:21-24 (NKJV)

“For Your word’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to make Your servant know them. Therefore You are great, O Lord GOD. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name—and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land—before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods? For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, LORD, have become their God.”

Analysis:

David remains in awe that God has shown such an overflowing love to him by revealing His will. Out of his wonder and his closeness to the heavenly Father, the king continues his prayer by stating that God is great because He is far above and completely unlike the gods of the nations surrounding Israel. He then concludes that Israel is great as well, but only because their God has set them apart to be like Him.

Application:

The Reasons God Is Great:

For Your word’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to make Your servant know them. Therefore You are great, O Lord GOD. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

As mentioned in the last post, David believes God’s greatness lies not in His working according to what David wants or needs, but in His working so contrary to man’s ways. In this part of the prayer, David continues this line of thought by saying that because He works differently from man—because God, even in His majesty, always comes down to open the eyes of His servants and reveal His will to those who seek the Father—God is completely different from anything or anyone else. Because David has sought to know the Father, he also knows that God is never wrong or evil; thus, he also concludes that the uniqueness of God can only lead to Him alone being great. All the other gods were made in man’s image and thus acted like men in each pagan culture’s mythology, somehow extremely similar, familiar, yet enshrouded in mystery because there was no one omnipotent or holy behind the idols. The Hebrews’ God, however, was and is completely knowable and good to His people, which fact David also used as evidence for his belief in the wonderful, overwhelming singularity of God’s eminence.

Israel Reflects God’s Attributes:

And who is like Your people, like Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a name—and to do for Yourself great and awesome deeds for Your land—before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, the nations, and their gods? For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, LORD, have become their God.

I firmly believe that who one follows is who that person will ultimately become—at least, that was the case with ancient Israel. Every time God cleansed them and redeemed them from the scandalous lives of those around them, the Israelites flourished and looked just a tad more like their Leader. What they did or said grew every day to be more like what God does or says—things that were truly unique because they were commanded by God, not instituted by man. In other words, how and what they worshipped ran completely opposite of their neighbors, beautifully—though not perfectly—mirroring David’s praise of God’s own greatness.

“Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, And the nations under our feet.” ~Psalm 47:1-3, NKJV

Thank you for joining me today on the second part of my study on King David’s prayer. The next post will discuss verses 25-27, which passage I strongly recommend you read before I post this Saturday. Have a wonderful day!

 

~Sarah Merly

June 13, 2018

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