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Be aware of sitting ‘before the Lord’, as David does. What would you like to tell God about your sense of well-being and your frame of mind, as you come to feed on his word today?

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Bible passage: 2 Samuel 7:18–29

David’s Prayer
 18 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said:

   “Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 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, O Sovereign LORD?

 20 “What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign LORD. 21 For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.

 22 “How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 23 And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? 24 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, O LORD, have become their God.

 25 “And now, LORD God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, 26 so that your name will be great forever. Then men will say, ‘The LORD Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.

 27 “O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to offer you this prayer. 28 O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”

New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

Audio Bible passage

The audio version of the passage is taken from the Contemporary English Version (CEV).


Some of David’s prayer headlines are paraphrased below, as he responds to all he hears from the prophet Nathan. These will prompt our own praise and prayer.

‘I can’t believe you’ve done all this for someone like me, Lord’ (see v 18b). What is ‘all this’, do you think? Praise him.

‘Your saving power for the people of this country, Lord, and the privilege of being called yours are amazing’ (vs 23,24). Pray that more of your own family and friends will become the Lord’s people soon.

‘I want your name to be on everyone’s lips, Lord’ (vs 25,26). Cry out to God for this country to be truly Christian, starting with those you live or work with. Pray that even today they’ll catch a glimpse of your thankfulness for Jesus.

‘Lord, help me to stay true to you forever (v 29), as I know you’ll stay true to your promises and to me.’ Slipping away from Jesus is all too easy to do. Wrong choices can lead us away from the Lord, as King David will soon find out.

Terry Clutterham


‘The embrace of the Father be the comfort I desire. The name of the Son be the one on whom I rely. The presence of the Spirit be with me every hour. The Three in One be the focus of all I am’ (© John Birch 2016, http://www.faithandworship.com).

Deeper Bible study

‘Who am I, Sovereign Lord?’ (see v 18). David is not having an identity crisis. Rather, his exclamation is born out of a sense of wonder at the astounding goodness of the Lord to one so undeserving as he. It is the result of a just self-evaluation, not by the yardstick of human accomplishments as compared with other men, but by the measure of God’s infinite goodness. 

‘There is no one like you’ (see v 22). This confident declaration was the theme of Miriam’s song when Israel crossed the Red Sea on dry land while the vaunted chariots of mighty Pharaoh were submerged in the waves (Exodus 15). It was the concluding theme of Moses when he blessed the children of Israel before his death (Deut 33). And it was to be the premise of Solomon’s prayers at the dedication of the Temple (1 Kings 8).

‘Who is like your people?’ (see v 23). Here is another rhetorical question in this model paean of praise. It derives from what went before. When such a peerless God chooses a people for himself, they too are bound to operate at a level that is way above all others – unless something goes drastically wrong!

The amazing thing is that it all carries over to us today. Exactly like David, we are undeserving – yet this matchless God of grace is our God. Paul notes that human beings sometimes give themselves for others who are considered deserving (Rom 5:6–8). Presidential bodyguards may interpose their bodies between the assassin’s bullet and the big man. It is to guilty sinners, however, that Jesus Christ gave his life. This transfers us to another level on the human plain. We become heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (Rom 8:17) – and it is not because we are wise or good!

Kar Yong Lim

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  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Monday, 12 March 2018

    Everyone who asks receives, he that seeks will find, to him that knocks it is opened Father thank you that you always answer prayer. Thank you that every prayer which meets the requirements outlined in Your Word is always answered. Help us not to waver from our confident faith but persevere knowing in the spiritual realm, like in one of Daniels prayers, the answer was there but it took time to manifest in the physical because of Satan's hindrance. Thank you that all your promises are 'Yes' in Jesus and it's in His name I pray, Amen.

  • Lynn Creation | Monday, 12 March 2018

    Who am I that You should save a wretch like me? Oh, Lord, I praise and thank you for dying for me and bringing me into such a wonderful relationship with You. Thank you, Father, for the many blessings you have showered on me and being alongside me through the difficult times. I pray that I may be a witness in my life and speech to others of your grace and love, that they may come to know you too.

  • Lynn Creation | Monday, 12 March 2018

    Praying particularly for you, RICHARD , at this difficult time of waiting for results. May you know the calming presence of the Lord.

  • Angela Munday | Monday, 12 March 2018

    All thanks and praise to God, the Creator, who "Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes............so we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son." ( Ephesians 1:4-6 ) We have been given the strength to endure all things and can live each moment being faithful to God and trusting in Him. "May we light up the path so others can follow where we go." Amen.

  • Roger Hall | Monday, 12 March 2018

    David sitting before God is a wonderful illustration of the trust he places in God. The feeling humanity usually has, is "what can I do?" So many believe that access can only be obtained by carrying out some purge or such as Lent fasts and fish on Fridays! Are we really so proud?

  • Linda Penrose | Monday, 12 March 2018

    Am reminded of this song by your comment GILVIN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1dr268AwH8

  • Lynda Spencer | Monday, 12 March 2018

    Thank you, LINDA. Lovely song which I'd never heard before. Today's passage put me, also, in mind of a song. "Who am I, that the Lord of all the Earth would care to know my name, would care to feel my hurt?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTQTcasa2S8

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Monday, 12 March 2018

    Thank you Linda. Not heard it before. Sent Link to a friend who I know will be interested

  • Barbara Sabin | Monday, 12 March 2018

    Depth of mercy, can there be Mercy still reserved for me? Can my God His wrath forbear me The chief of sinners, spare?… Yes there can and thank you Lord is all I can say. We are not supposed to figure out or understand everything God is doing in our lives. He is doing something through each of us that is so amazing it can only be achieved by His magnificient power and imagination. https://youtu.be/1bj-rlGcj8M

  • David Chipchase | Monday, 12 March 2018

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  • David Chipchase | Monday, 12 March 2018

    My daughter-in-law to be, Lisa, felt the second exam went worse than the first but she has got a residency which gives her more certainty for the future and makes the exam result less important. Currently, her preferred field is palliative care. I think she is a terrific young woman and will be a great doctor. Thank you for supporting her.

  • Barbara Hall | Monday, 12 March 2018

    Sorry this is not a comment on today's reading, but when 'catching up' and reading last Saturday's passage and comments, I was relieved to find that I'm not the only one to have been slightly troubled by Jesus' assertion that he would be in the tomb for three days and three nights. Like LYNDA, I couldn't make it add up - even if you count the first and last days. But I found this very helpful article, which is along the lines of GILVIN's explanation, and in fact answers all the questions. I hadn't even worked out previously that, since Jesus had already risen on the Sunday when the women went to the tomb before daybreak, we couldn't even count any of Sunday in the calculation! https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/three-days-and-three-nights-did-jesus-keep-his-word

  • Lynda Spencer | Monday, 12 March 2018

    Thank you, BARBARA. As the one who first raised the question, I'm really grateful that you took the time and trouble to answer it even after the day we had that reading. I found the article really helpful.

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