“Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, ‘Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant. For your servant’s sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making for yourself a name for great and awesome things, in driving out nations before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt? And you made your people Israel to be your people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God. And now, O Lord, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as you have spoken, and your name will be established and magnified forever, saying, “The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God,” and the house of your servant David will be established before you. For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you. And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever.’” 1 Chronicles 17:16-27
This prayer of David’s always moves me, not only because of his humility before God, his swelling heart at God’s love for and favor upon him, but because he has such a deep understanding of God’s marvelous and bountiful ways. When he received the message through Nathan the prophet that he would not be the one to build God’s house, but his son would, his eyes were opened to the vast and sovereign plans of God that spanned not just his reign, his life, but a much wider time. He was overcome at this God Whose heart was good, Whose plans were eternal, Who saw the big picture and worked everything perfectly to accomplish it, Who lovingly revealed His plans to His own, Who was unique and incomparable, Who redeemed His people and kept them forever. Based on God’s greatness, David had confidence in His promises, and claimed them as his own.
When we know Who God is, how He works, and what He says, it is right, not haughty, to trust Him to do all He says He will. Every word of God proves true, and we honor Him when we live in bold, confident faith. One who says, “I can’t presume upon God for this” is one who is more focused on himself than God, and has not taken in His promises or understood His character. When we, like David, are consumed with God, we gladly and courageously receive His good word. (Psalm 119:89)
Lord, keep me sitting before You in wonder and humble amazement, accepting with gratitude all You reveal to me about Yourself, Your will, Your ways, Your plans for me. May I take full advantage of Your confidences, taking them as my own and living in the light of them, blessing You forever. (John 15:15)