This is the conclusion of my King David’s Prayer series. If you’d like to read the third part, please click here. Thank you!
Scripture for the Day: Second Samuel 7:28-29 (NKJV)
“And now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant. Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord GOD, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
As he closes out his prayer, David reaffirms his belief that all God is, does, and says is true. He’s astonished and joyful that God is so good to him, and his last request rests in a plea for his Father’s blessing forever over his immediate family and all the generations of the future.
The Merits of Asking for God’s Blessing:
Sometimes we wonder if petitioning God for His blessing on us is really a wise thing to do. The Bible does teach against selfishness, and if our prayers center around our requests instead of our praise, it will certainly fall into the self-centered category. Yet as we look at this verse in context, it becomes more apparent that David had none of this in his mind.
All throughout the verses preceding this portion of his prayer, we find that God had already promised David for blessing on his house. Thus, David knows he is praying for God’s will to be done, not his own. David isn’t even praying for God to bless him through riches or children or military invincibility; all he wants is the blessing of his house continuing forever in the presence of and closeness to God (Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord GOD, have spoken it[.]”). He knows that this request will be fulfilled because it is not an earthly request at all; rather, it’s a token of submission to God’s plan and a faithful drawing near to His glory. That means, brothers and sisters, that in order for our prayers to be heard by God and spoken with a right heart, we must let our thoughts and wishes dwell in heaven.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” ~Colossians 3:2, NKJV
I think the most beautiful part of this prayer is David’s submission. All throughout he almost subconsciously presents a reasoned argument, the major tenets of which I’ve tried to trace and extrapolate upon throughout the series, for God’s greatness and his own necessity to let Him work. It even seems normal for him to state the rationale for his faith. Consequently, the sweetness of his humility, the rawness of his condition, and the sharpness of his spiritual awareness all draw him so close to God, it is as if he were unified with the Father (John 17:20-23). And brothers and sisters, that state of being is within your reach as well.
I’m so thankful for the time we’ve spent together going through the prayer of this beloved Biblical hero. I know my experience in writing and thinking through this has certainly been an enlightening and beautiful thing, and I hope and pray that you can say the same as a reader and fellow God-lover. Thank you again, and may our heavenly Father bless, protect, and nourish your soul.
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
~Psalm 1:1-3, NKJV~
June 20, 2018