King David's Prayer

King David’s Prayer, Part Three

This is a continuation of my King David’s Prayer series. If you’d like to read the second part, you can do so here. Thank you!

Scripture for the Day: Second Samuel 7:25-27 (NKJV)

“Now, O LORD God, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, establish it forever and do as You have said. So let Your name be magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel.’ And let the house of Your servant David be established before You. For You, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You.”

Analysis:

Having concluded that God alone is great, David asks God to carry out His will, praising His name and considering himself a mere servant to the true King.

Application:

Submission and Acceptance of God’s Will:

David accepts God’s will in his prayer because he knows that God truly cares for His people. He knows that to have a heavenly Father reveal divine wonders to him is something that no man deserves. To be so close to God that one can understand even a fraction of what He plans to accomplish is almost to be one with God, to move when He moves, to accept what He does. When we are close to God, His glory wraps us up so that we can’t help but spread His glory to those around us and point others to Him. Though he did not know it at the time, David did just that to all future generations of believers, simply because he accepted and obeyed.

An Attitude of Worshipful Servanthood:

When we exalt God more, we exalt ourselves less. David opened his prayer almost like a soliloquy, asking questions and then answering his own with God’s validation. Now, however, David worships directly and boldly. He knows just how wonderful it is to be at God’s feet, and after praying for a while, the thought of that fills him with an overwhelming joy, bubbling over until he is willing to do anything for his holy Master. Never mind being second to God!—David knows his spiritual priorities, and he is happy to act in accordance with them. That, brothers and sisters, is the way we also ought to be.

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” ~Joshua 24:15, NKJV

My next post will talk about the last few verses in Second Samuel 7. As such, I’d strongly encourage you to read those before coming back on Wednesday and reading the conclusion of my series. Hope you have enjoyed it!

 

~Sarah Merly

June 16, 2018

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