David has been anointed King of all the tribes of Israel. He is in the process of conquering the remaining nations who have opposed them. Twice in 2 Samuel 7 it says “And the Lord preserved David withersoever he went.” (7:6,14) Previously, we have seen God protecting David when King Saul came against him.
God chose David to be King of Israel.
“Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.” (2 Samuel 7:8-9)
David chose to seek God in prayer, patiently wait upon God, worship God, and obey Him. He then wanted to build a house for the” ark of God”. God then speaks through the prophet Nathen and tells David that his son will build the house. He also tells him that “And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” (7:16) The Davidic covenant.
What is David’s response? Worship and praise to God. “For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.22 Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?24 For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, Lord, art become their God.” (7:21-24)
God has redeemed each of us through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We also should be exulting, praising, and thanking God for His great provision for us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001