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2 Samuel 7:18-29 – David’s Prayer

Summary

In this beautiful prayer, David responds to God's promise that there will always be a member of David's family on the throne of Israel.

Analysis

David responds to God's promise of a dynasty with a model prayer employing elements of thanksgiving for God's present grace, praise for God's gracious activity in the past, and petition for the fulfillment of God's gracious promises in the future:
  • Thanksgiving: David displays commendable humility before God as seen in the rhetorical questions, "Who am I…and what is my house?" (that is, "family"), as well as his referring to himself as "your servant," as he thanks God for God's divine favor toward him in the present (vv. 18-21).
  • Praise: David praises God for what God has done in the past, especially God's redemption of the people in the exodus, the conquest of the land of Canaan, and the covenantal relationship in which Israel became God's people, and God became their God (vv. 22-24).
  • Petition: The prayer concludes with a petition concerning the future fulfillment of God's promises for his dynasty (vv. 25-29).

2 Samuel 7:18-29

David’s Prayer

18 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? 19And 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. May this be instruction for the people,* O Lord God! 20And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! 21Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have wrought all this greatness, so that your servant may know it. 22Therefore you are great, O Lord God; for there is no one like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23Who is like your people, like Israel? Is there another* nation on earth whose God went to redeem it as a people, and to make a name for himself, doing great and awesome things for them,* by driving out* before his people nations and their gods?* 24And you established your people Israel for yourself to be your people for ever; and you, O Lord, became their God. 25And now, O Lord God, as for the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, confirm it for ever; do as you have promised. 26Thus your name will be magnified for ever in the saying, “The Lord of hosts is God over Israel”; and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 27For 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. 28And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant; 29now 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.’

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