David’s Thanksgiving to God

John Wesley provides the most convicting analysis on what it means to be a true servant: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.” ( … More


At the beginning of this chapter, David is a bit too prideful of himself. Three times he is referred to as “the king” in the first three verses. He is also referred to as “the king” (v. 18), but only to highlight the change in his thinking from earlier in the chapter. Instead of finding the word “king” four times, we find the word servant (vv. 18-24). David now stands in awe of the fact that God takes him, a man of no status or standing, and makes him king of Israel. He sees his standing and status as Israel’s king as the result of God’s sovereignty and not as the recognition of his potential greatness.

Lessons to be learned in this passage:

  1. Even our highest, most noble ambitions and goals are flawed by sin. No matter how pious my plans for God and His work appear to be, they fall short of the motive He requires.
  2. No matter how high and lofty our goals may be, God’s plans are greater. “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him” (I Cor. 2:9).
  3. The greatness and glory of God’s presence and power are not to be interpreted in the light of how spectacular the surroundings and settings are.
  4. We see that David did not need a temple nearby in order to worship his God. How easy it is for us to begin to focus on what we have done rather than all He has done for us.
  5. David’s divine rebuke should serve as a lesson to every Christian. David was in more danger in his palace than he was fleeing from Saul and hiding out in some cave.

David then calls upon God in prayer to confirm the word which he had just spoken through his servant. The fulfillment of these promises would cause the name of God to be magnified forever. The prayer concluded with a petition that God would do what he had just promised to do (vv. 25-29)


People search many places for truth on which to base their lives. God’s Word is the only trust worthy foundation upon which to build my life.

II Samuel 7:18-29 (English Standard Version)

Then King David 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 thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord GOD. You have spoken also of your servant's house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord GOD! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord GOD! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O LORD God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods? And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O LORD, became their God. And now, O LORD God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken. And your name will be magnified forever, saying, 'The LORD of hosts is God over Israel,' and the house of your servant David will be established before you. For you, O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, 'I will build you a house.' Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 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 forever before you. For you, O Lord GOD, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever."

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