27 January 2022

27 January 2022

And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant; now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue for ever before you; for you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed for ever.’

From 2 Samuel 7:18-19,24-29, NRSV.

Although he was a powerful king, David’s life was far from perfect. He had used and abused people in his pursuit of power and would do so again in the future. His arrogance had led him believe that it was for him to build a temple for the Lord and he had been “put in his place” about making this presumption. However, the David we hear from in today’s reading, comes before God in genuine humility and in awe of the Lord’s greatness. In his heartfelt prayer of thanksgiving, he realises that his apparent successes have been gifts from God. At this moment, David sees that he is not being called to do something for God but to allow God to work for and through him. God wants to establish the “House of David” from which will come the Messiah and David accepts this promise with praise and gratitude.

    • Did David deserve the blessings given by God? 
    • When have you been aware of God working in you?

Give thanks for all that God achieves through you and pray for all leaders of nations that they will show humility in their judgements.

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