Thursday, April 3, 2014

2 Samuel 5-7

In 2 Samuel 5-7, all the tribes of Israel come to David and make him King of Israel.  That's right, God's people have come to their senses.  Finally.  David is 30 years old, and he's had lots of time and experience to prepare for this big moment in his life.  First up on his kingly agenda is Jerusalem.  And thanks to a water tunnel into the city, strong walls and the Jebusites are no match for David and his men.  David establishes the City of David there, and God continues to be with him in all that he does.  David is able to defeat the Philistines and send them back where they belong.  Life is good for Israel at this point.

While leading a great nation, David is intentional about praising God and spending time with Him in prayer.  That gives God room to fill David's life with some really big promises for the future.  God blesses David.  

God has promises and blessings for us too.  These blessings unfold (little by little) for our lives on earth and in heaven as we spend time getting to know God more and more.

I love reading David's response to God's promises in 2 Samuel 7.  

David goes and sits "before the Lord," and prays a really humble and beautiful prayer that impacts generations to come.  The man really knows how to pray.

“Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 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![a]
20 “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord. 21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.
22 “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.

How about you and me?  Where can we go to place ourselves "before the Lord?"  And when we do, what humbling and thankful words do we need to give to God in prayer?

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

I thank You for knowing me, _____________(say your name), and loving me for who I am.  Thank You for bringing me this far in my life, and for filling me with Your promises and blessings for the future.

What more can I say to You, Lord?  Your purposes for me are perfect and amazing.  How great You are, my Sovereign Lord!  There is no one like You, and there is no God but You. 

I pray that You will continue to bless my family and me with Your Word and Your will forever.  And as You bless us, help us be a blessing to others.

In the name of Jesus I pray,

Peace of Christ,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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