My Broken Dreams Were Restored! David’s Humble Prayer. 2 Samuel 7

King David’s desire toward the end of his life was to build a great Temple for the Lord. Except, God said “No! David, You are not the one who will build it!” He was required to forgo the longings of his heart in favour of his son, whom God had decided would be the man to erect the House of God – for His greater glory.

God’s call on David’s life was to fight the enemies of His people and to establish peace in the Promised Land, and so to unify a nation. King David was permitted to make preparations for the foundation of the Temple, but the building and beautifying of the House of the Lord was to be carried out by his son, Solomon.

We all have great hopes and dreams for our futures. But sometimes – it is NO! It is not meant to be. It is not for lack of want nor any lack for giving our efforts, it that sometimes our greatest dreams must be passed on to others to be fulfilled. It breaks our hearts to have to surrender them to another – unless it’s unto God.

2 Samuel 7:18-29 The Message

18-21 King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: “Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming, for you’ve also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow, my Master God! What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, Master God, just as I am. You’ve done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are—out of your very heart! —but you’ve let me in on it.

22-24 “This is what makes you so great, Master God! There is none like you, no God but you, nothing to compare with what we’ve heard with our own ears. And who is like your people, like Israel, a nation unique in the earth, whom God set out to redeem for himself (and became most famous for it), performing great and fearsome acts, throwing out nations and their gods left and right as you saved your people from Egypt? You established for yourself a people—your very own Israel!—your people permanently. And you, God, became their God.

25-27 “So now, great God, this word that you have spoken to me and my family, guarantee it permanently! Do exactly what you’ve promised! Then your reputation will flourish always as people exclaim, ‘The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will remain sure and solid in your watchful presence. For you, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel’s God, told me plainly, ‘I will build you a house.’ That’s how I was able to find the courage to pray this prayer to you.

28-29 “And now, Master God, being the God you are, speaking sure words as you do, and having just said this wonderful thing to me, please, just one more thing: Bless my family; keep your eye on them always. You have already as much as said that you would, Master God! Oh, may your blessing be upon my family permanently!”

The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

The way David responded to God’s correction and the new Word from the Lord is a good example to follow for any Christian. For David could then be humbled, thoroughly overwhelmed by a tall sense of God’s grace, goodness and promises.

While David’s proposal has been turned aside, God’s acceptance of David’s desire is not denied. God takes the desire of David’s heart to build Yahweh’s house and sovereignly declares that He will build an everlasting house for David. While God had other plans for David’s life, God has dramatically and astoundingly promised to respond to the desire of David’s heart by making an everlasting covenant promise to him.

It was with great gratitude and awe that David learned of God’s gracious plans for him and his descendants. For he is overwhelmed at the magnitude of the Lord’s promise. His emotions tumble over one another as they seek expression.

There is thankfulness, delight, gratitude, and praise. God has superseded, reciprocated, to the prayer request of David’s heart (Psalm 37:4) and has done so in ways that far exceeded his wildest dreams. [Knowing that only God could do it David addressed Him as ‘Adonai Yahweh Sovereign Lord (NIV, LORD God, NASB) seven times (vv. 18-20, 22, 28-29).]

The Lord still delights to abundantly honor those who serve Him. Often, we react to a negative response from Him or life in ways He never intended. We then blindly ignore His numerous blessings that He has lavished and continues to lavish upon us as we bemoan our supposed loss.

The way David responded to God’s correction and the new Word from the Lord is a good example to follow for any Christian. For David could then be over-whelmed by a sense of God’s grace. He humbles himself before God and called himself the servant of God ten times. His prayer of praise and thanksgiving acknowledges the Sovereignty of God and the magnitude of His promises.

The covenant God had just established with David was unconditional. All David had to do was to affirm it and let God do the work. So, David pours out his heart before the Lord in thanksgiving for God’s promises to him and his people.

I. PRAISE FOR THE PRESENT PROMISE, 18-21.

II. PRAISE FOR THE PAST PROVIDENCE, 22-24.

III. PRAYER FOR THE FUTURE PROMISE, 25-29.

David’s initial response to this magnificent revelation concerning the covenant of eternal kingship was to acknowledge the Lord’s graciousness in bestowing it (vv.18-21). David is so overwhelmed all he can do in verse 18 is leave his palace, go before the Lord to sit down and wonder about the majesty of the moment. “Then David the king went in and sat before the Lord, and he said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?”

David has just heard God tell him the answer is no. God states in verse 10 that, “I have a plan to establish a center of worship, but not now, and not by you.” You’re not going to fulfil your dream. I’m going to honor you though, because such a noble dream was in your heart, but it is not part of My plan for your life.

David does not question the veracity of Nathan’s visionary words. He accepts them as coming personally from the Lord. He requires no further confirmation of God’s will. He goes and in humility sits in the presence of the Lord. Then in wonderment asks, “Why would You allow me to be a part of this grand plan?”

There is a genuine sense of humility. David picked up on God’s reminder that He had taken him “from the sheepfold” (v. 8) and then quietly raised the question many reflective Christians raise: “Who am I that You have brought me this far?”

Separating himself, now sitting before the Lord, David’s mind ran back to the beginning, to Samuel’s visit to his father’s house. He was overwhelmed at the memory of all the good things which God had done from that day on to bring him to the throne in Jerusalem and to bring peace and prosperity to Israel.

In these most uncertain of 21st century days, one of our great temptations is to take for granted the presence of the blessings of God. It is good for our spiritual life to leave our comforts, sit before God, remember how far He has brought us.

David softened God’s “forever” in verse 16 to “a far distant future” in verse 19. “And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O Lord God, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And this is the way of man, O Lord God.”

As David sits in God’s presence, he sees himself as he really is and the king recognizes his weakness, his insignificance. Thus, he is overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude for God’s promises. It was God’s grace which had brought David this far-from the sheep’s pen to Israel’s throne-and now God had spoken about his descendants far into the future. Only as we realize our shortcomings can we then be struck with awe and wonder that God would bless us as He has.

David had lived through several periods of great intrigue and uncertainty, not sure whether he would remain king over Israel. And now he has God’s promise that one of his descendants would be king forever and ever over God’s people.

Contemplate for a while the absolute magnitude of that promise within your very own circumstance. If that promise of God was now YOURS to live into!

In verse 20 David acknowledges he doesn’t know what to say in response to God’s promise. “Again, what more can David say to You? For You, Lord God, know Your servant!”

A poet and a songwriter, David was a very verbal man. But here he was tongue-tied, silenced by God’s grace and kindness.

But in his being still before the Lord the realization of God’s covenant promise is being prayed over and processed and sinking in deeper and deeper still.

Able to keep quiet no longer, praise begins to flow from David’s heart in verse 2.

“For the sake of Your word, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness to let Your servant know.

David is overwhelmed.

He says Lord, You have blessed my life beyond my worth and You have blessed my house beyond my earthly vision and comprehension. You have brought me from leading my dad’s sheep to giving me this magnificent throne? Who am I?

You know, it’s important that every once in a while, we sit down, take a long look at our short lives, and just count our many blessings.

Who are we to have been protected from the snows and rains that fell, the ice and the mud that slid or the floods that drowned -leaving hundreds homeless?

Who are we that He has blessed our house, in our neighborhood, in our little community and kept it safe? Warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Who am I, Lord, that You should give me health and strength to be able to go to school, hold a job or pursue this career or get this degree?

Or to have parents, siblings who have encouraged me? To find my soulmate for life or to have children and to watch them grow. Who am I? . . .to be so blessed?

“Fulfilled dream or no dream, I’m a blessed person,” says David. Here is more evidence that David was a man after God’s own heart.

What a powerful moment. What a statement of praise David offers to God, even when he has just received what must have been huge disappointment for him.

II. PRAISE FOR THE PAST PROVIDENCE, 22-24.

Next David praises God’s incomparable sovereignty which has been evidenced particularly in God’s selection of and marvelous provision for Israel in the past (vv. 23-24).

Verse 22 thanks and praises God for who He is, as demonstrated by His works on behalf of Israel and David. “For this reason, 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.”

All praises be unto our Creator God who has revealed himself down through history, particularly Israel’s history as we read it here in our biblical text.

God alone is God. There is no other true god; there is no God like Him. There can never be another God like Him. He is the great and awesome God. This is in full and maximum possible accord with all that we have heard of Him, from Him.

God has done great things for David, but these were not done for David.

God has worked in David and through David, to bring about the fulfillment of His promises to the nation Israel.

Verses 23 and 24 recount the greatness of God as revealed in His acts on behalf of His people, Israel. “And what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself, and to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, from nations and their gods? [24] “For You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and You, O Lord, have become their God.

David has recovered sufficiently to compare the God of Israel with the gods of the other nations as he places God’s gifts to him in a historical context. David understood that these promises had come to him and his descendants that Israel might benefit from them. God design has always been that through the nation of Israel the whole world would be blessed (Gen. 12:1-3).

God is the Lord of all nations, but He did great things for Israel, His chosen people. David recognized the wonderful truth that God had chosen Israel to be His people forever! [Wiersbe, Warren. The Bible Exposition Commentary. Joshua-Esther. David Cook. 2003. Colorado Springs, CO. p.325].

III. PRAYER FOR THE FUTURE PROMISE, 25-29.

Then David prayed his heart out that the promise God had made might indeed find its fulfillment to the glory of His of His own holy name—so that His name would be great forever (vv. 25-29)

In verse 25 David begins to lay before God the promises that God has made to him. “Now therefore, O Lord God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house, confirm it forever, and do as You have spoken,

God gave the promise, David believed it and prayed for the Lord to fulfill it.

The Lord intends when He promises something we should confirm that we understood it and remind Him of it. God’s promises were never meant to be wasted but to be used.

Whenever God gives a promise, if a man does not use that promise, the promise fails in effect to that man, and God’s greatest intention it contained is in some measure, sadly, frustrated. God sent the promise for He desires it to be used.

If I receive a Promissory note, it is a promise for a certain amount of money, I take it and use it. But dear friends too often we do not cash in God’s promises.

Nothing pleases God better than to see His promises put into circulation.

He loves to see His children bring them up to him, and say, “Lord, fulfill Your promise.”[Spurgeon, Charles.] [Vv. 22 and 25 use “Yahweh Elohim,” the God of power.]

Verse 26 indicates that it glorifies God when He fulfills His promises. “That Your name may be magnified forever, by saying, ‘The Lord of Hosts is God over Israel’; and may the house of Your servant David be established before You.”

David reminds himself again of the true greatness of God as reflected in His promises. He asks for the house of God’s servant to be established before God and for God to be magnified through Israel.

That God’s name be magnified forever is the desire of ever faithful believer. I pray it is the desire of your life also (1 Corinthians 10:31).

David confesses in verse 27 that it is because of the word he has had the courage to ask such request of God. “For You, O Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore, Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You.

The thrust of verse 28 is the accepting of God’s will and a final pleading that God makes good on His true words. “Now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.

In true humility, David desired no more than God’s word, he expected no less.

Even though it was mightily disappointing to David that he wasn’t going to be allowed to build a house for God, he focuses on the centrality of what God’s will for him was. “Thy Kingdom comes. Thy will be done! O Lord Amen” Our prayer should be: “Your will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. Amen.”

In 1902 ADELAIDE POLLARD was hoping to go to Africa as a missionary. Despite her best efforts she was unable to raise the funds needed to make that journey.

In her great discouragement she attended a local prayer meeting. And as she sat there, she overheard another elderly woman quietly praying, “It really does not matter what You do with us, Lord, just have Your own way with our lives.”

Those words burned into the heart and mind of Adelaide Pollard. And she long pondered those words: “It really doesn’t matter what You do with us, Lord, just have Your own way with our lives.”

Before she went to bed that night.

Ms. Adelaide Pollard wrote four stanzas of a poem.

What was the poem?

‘Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!’

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!

Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.

Mold me and make me after Thy will,

While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!

Search me and try me, Master, today!

Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,

As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!

Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!

Power, all power, surely is Thine!

Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!

Hold o’er my being absolute sway!

Fill with Thy Spirit ’till all shall see

Christ only, always, living in me.

IN CLOSING

In our passage from 2 Samuel 7, David receives grace by receiving God Promise.

First, he humbled himself and gave praise for the promise, then he prays into the promise. Guess what, friends? That’s a winning combination. When you read the Scriptures, give praise for what you are reading, then pray it through!

My prayer is that you would marvel that God has built you a house, that He lives in your heart, and that He’ll build your house to the glory of His Son.

Perhaps instead of asking “why?” or “why not?” concerning the “woes” of our “broken dreams” we should be humbly asking and praying “what?” as in, “OK, God, what do you want me to do with this situation?” or “OK, Very well! Lord. What do you require, what do you need me to do now in light of your answer?”

Our attitude in responding to God will make all of the difference of receiving His blessing or not receiving it.

If we realize that sometimes the answer is “no” and understand that it is “no” for our own good, we, too, can begin to praise God for His blessings on our lives!!!

In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,

Let us pray,

As we are gathered here today, we ask you, our living God, to shower onto us the blessings of your great wisdom and your knowledge. We pray that as we listen, as we hearken unto your word, we may have the ability to clearly see what God has called us to do. We seek to live to fulfill your purpose so that we can see your kingdom. Illuminate our darkened eyes, reveal to us your glory. Alleluia! Amen.

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Author: Thomas E Meyer Jr

Formerly Homeless Sinner Now, Child of God, Saved by Grace.

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