Message of the Day: An Outpouring of Praise and Gratitude!
“Therefore You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.” (2 Samuel 7:22, NKJV)
The Old Testament is the story of God’s dealings with the Hebrew nation for the purpose of one day blessing all nations. As the story unfolds, it is explained that the way the Hebrew nation would bless all nations is through the family of David. It is further explained that the family of David would bless the world through a great King who would one day be born into the family, a King who would live forever and establish a kingdom of endless duration.
The story of David as king over all israel is told in 2 Samuel 5:1-9:13. This section of the book has a series of four narratives (5:6-7:29) that especially significant: (1) David’s conquest of Jerusalem, (2) the conquest of the Philistines, (3) bringing the ark to Jerusalem, and most importantly, (4) God’s covenant with David that “your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me” (7:1-16), to which David responds in an outpouring of praise and gratitude (7:18-29).
Let us now turn our attention to chapter 7 of 2 Samuel. When David expressed his desire to build God a permanent symbolic dwelling place, God reminded him through the prophet Nathan that Israel’s God, Yahweh, was not limited to one land or one place. For that reason his symbolic dwelling place had been a tent, something that was movable and could be set up in any place at all (7:1-7).
Nevertheless, because the people of Israel were not spiritually in a condition where the ideal for them could work, God would allow them to build the temple. But the building of the temple was not of immediate importance. God was more concerned that David’s house be firmly established – referring not to his palace but to his dynasty (8-11). David would have a line of royal descendants who would rule for generation after generation in Israel. One of these would build God’s temple. even if some kings proved unworthy of his blessings, God would not alter his purposes. He had chosen the dynasty of David as the means of bringing the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
God’s establishment of David as king of Israel was amazing enough, but even that seemed a small thing compared with the permanent dynasty God now promised him. It is at this point that responds in an “outpouring of praise and gratitude.“
There times in our lives that we experience the same outpouring of praise. We are deeply humbled by the grace and mercy of God. We run out of words to express our gratitude. We could only praise him for all he had done.
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