|Then King David went in and sat before the Lord… -2 Samuel 7:18
In the earlier verses of 2 Samuel 7, David felt convicted about the location of the ark of the Lord. In verse 1-2, “After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all the enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”” David had good intentions and wanted to do something good for the Lord, but God through Prophet Nathan told David that his son, not him, would build a dwelling place for the ark of the Lord. The Lord continued on to tell David that He would establish a house for him and that He would establish his house and kingdom forever. After David heard these, he became so overwhelmed that he couldn’t do anything but go to a quiet place and just sit before the Lord in complete gratitude and adoration.
Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever taken the time out to recount all that the Lord has done for you? How did that make you feel? Eventhough God just told David that he was not going to be the one to build a house for the ark of the Lord, David chose to see the good in it and thank God rather than ask, "Why not me Lord?"
We spend so much time nagging, complaining, dwelling on the "no's" we hear from God, and asking, but sometimes, we ought to do as David did, and go in and just sit before the Lord in adoration and gratitude. As David sat before the Lord, his mouth began to speak out of the overflow of his heart, and he said things such as, “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man…How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you…”
It is easy to dwell on the things that we want and do not have, but when we do this, we rob ourselves of so much joy and miss out on all the amazing things that God has given us. David could have easily gotten upset that God said no when he expressed his desire to build Him a house, but instead, he chose to accept God's will and focus on the many blessings that God had bestowed upon him and his family. What is your focus today dear friends?
How can we serve the Lord and not have a spirit of gratitude? I think about all that He endured for me on the cross and how far He has brought me in my walk with Him and in my life in general, and I simply lose my breath. Indeed how great You are O Lord! To whom can we compare You? Who can love us as much as You do? Who are we that You are so mindful of us? I am so humbled by Your amazing love towards us in spite of our transgressions and imperfection. I am so honored that You know everything there is to know about us and yet You still care so much. Thank you Lord! We are in complete awe of you!
Dear friends, go in and sit before the Lord today.
Grace and peace be with you.
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