|Posted on June 5, 2019 at 1:05 PM|
Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that You have brought me this far? And now, Sovereign LORD, in addition to everything else, You speak of giving Your servant a lasting dynasty! Do You deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign LORD?* (OR This is Your instruction for all humanity, O Sovereign LORD.)
What more can I say to You? You know what Your servant is really like, Sovereign LORD. Because of Your promise and according to Your will, You have done all these great things and have made them known to Your servant.
How great You are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like You. We have never even heard of another God like You! What other nation on earth is like Your people Israel? What other nation, O God, have You redeemed from slavery to be Your own people? You made a great name for Yourself when You redeemed Your people from Egypt. You performed awesome miracles and drove out nations and gods that stood in their way.* (In Hebrew You made a great name for Yourself and performed awesome miracles for Your land. You did this in the sight of Your people, whom You redeemed from Egypt, from nations and their gods. ) You made Israel Your very own people forever, and You, O LORD, became their God.
And now, O LORD God, I am Your servant; do as You have promised concerning me and my family. Confirm it as a promise that will last forever. And may Your name be honored forever so that everyone will say, ‘The LORD of Heaven’s Armies is God over Israel!’ And may the house of Your servant David continue before You forever.
O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, God of Israel, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer to You because You have revealed all this to Your servant, saying ‘I will build a house for you- a dynasty of kings!’ For You are God, O Sovereign LORD. Your words are truth, and You have promised these good things to Your servant. And now, may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For You have spoken, and when You grant a blessing to Your servant, O Sovereign LORD, it is an eternal blessing! 2 Samuel 7:18-29 David’s Prayer of Thanks
This was the first “Prayer of Thanks” I gave to God after He revealed His plan and purposes to me. Blinded by what I lacked, blinded by the things I thought I needed I never thought to thank God for anything. Now thanksgiving is a daily part of my day. Like personal hygiene it is my spiritual hygiene. As I work out or get ready for the day I give thanks for a list of things that God has given to me. Everything is on the list from the people that God has placed in my life that have shaped my life to thanking God for guiding my life, from all the appliances that make my life easier to the work and provision thing I can see and touch to things I see with my spiritual eyes like the living water that washes over my thoughts, heart and soul. I am grateful for so many things.
This prayer is what began my journey of thanksgiving. When David wrote it he had it in his heart to build a Temple for the LORD as a way of thanking God for all He had done and in a dream God told the prophet Nathan that He would do several things for David in 2 Samuel 7:10-16 He would make his name famous, He would provide a homeland for the people of Israel, give them rest from all their enemies,
And furthermore (as if that weren’t enough, you can never out give God) He would build a house for him but not a home in the sense we think, made of wood and stone but of blood and bone a legacy, a dynasty of kings would come from his blood line. He said when David died and is buried with his ancestors that God Himself would raise up one of his own descendants, from David’s offspring and his kingdom would be strong. We understand now that offspring would come years later through Jesus.
This descendant will build a house for God, his own body would be the temple the Spirit of God would reside in. His mind would be the temple so fixed on the name of God above all names for all that God was, all that God is and all that God allowed him to become on the earth and there would be overflowing gratitude, a daily sacrifice of thanksgiving for that. God would be his father, he would learn of Him, walk in His ways and he would be God’s firstborn son but not his only one there would be many who followed in his footsteps to become God's sons and daughters.
The difference between who God had chosen before through Saul to lead between David’s family line is the favor of God. It would not be taken away or removed as He had taken it from Saul. The house of David and the kingdom of David would always be blessed and that blessing would be passed down from one generation to the next. They would learn to serve God and walk before Him as attendants and this throne would be secure because it was not something apart from them it was in them. This is what prompted David’s prayer of thanks and my own.
The things that I am grateful for are the many things that make up my life the protection, the provision, the blessings, the favor, the time God gives to me. Things that I didn’t realize I had till I started to thank God for everything. I was so focused on what was missing what was lacking, what I thought I needed to be happy I never stopped to thank God for all that He had done, all that He had provided, all that He had given that wasn’t a guarantee in my life. After almost losing H I remember being in the intensive care unit waiting for H to wake up from his coma and being in the bathroom thanking God still for these things that were still part of my life.
H is a part of my life but H does not make up my whole life, God does. I still had so many things that made up my life that H wasn’t a part of. I still had friends and family lifting me up with prayer and encouragement. I still had God’s Word not only in me but all around me. I still had the four walls that were holding up my shelter while we were away the food, clothing, utilities paid and reliable transportation to get me to and from the hospital. The appliances in my home still faithfully operated during that time, nothing broke down, nothing needing to be replaced. The most precious gift I had was the time to wait. No obligation to be anywhere but where I was in the presence of God.
Before H fell, before I spent 4 months of my life between hospitals and recovery time God made sure I had everything I needed before then and during and after that. Just as He had made sure I had what I needed my entire life. His favor has always been with me. His hand of blessing has always been on me. I only began to thank Him after thirty something years of His faithful provision and now I thank Him every day even if to make up for the time lost. Thanking Him before the storms arrive helped me to thank Him in the storm and trust that even still He would get me through it unharmed because that is what He has done since the time He made a promise to my ancestor David and as he said “For You have spoken, and when You grant a blessing to Your servant, O Sovereign LORD, it is an eternal blessing!” so I thank Him for that every day of my life.