A Prayer of David
It is amazing how God works! Yesterday I wrote an article on prayer for my monthly newsletter. My reading for today included 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17. Both of these passages relate the same story in almost the same words. Both of these passages include the prayer of David which you can read below:
Then David the king 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 this far? This was a small thing in Your eyes, O God; but You have spoken of Your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have regarded me according to the standard of a man of high degree, O Lord God. What more can David still say to You concerning the honor bestowed on Your servant? For You know Your servant.
O Lord, for Your servant’s sake, and according to Your own heart, You have wrought all this greatness, to make known all these great things.
O Lord, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
And what one nation in the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make You a name by great and terrible things, in driving out nations from before Your people, whom You redeemed out of Egypt?
For Your people Israel You made Your own people forever, and You, O Lord, became their God.
“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.
Let Your name be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel; and the house of David Your servant is established before You.’ For You, O my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build for him a house; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray before You.
Now, O Lord, You are God, and have promised this good thing to Your servant. And now it has pleased You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You; for You, O Lord, have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”
Notice that David, while praying, is humble before the Lord. He knows his place in the relationship. He also knows who God is. It is incredible to him that the God of the universe would bless him and his house forever. However he also knows that because God said that he would do the thing, it is as good as done. In this prayer, David is worshiping God!
To understand why David prayed this prayer, read both of the passages listed above.
Is there anything in this prayer of David that I missed?