The Joy of a Promise Kept

“Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? – 2 Samuel 7:18

David was the shepherd king of Israel. He was quite literally taken from the pasture to the palace and called a man after God’s own heart. He made many mistakes, experienced trials, endured suffering, and for joy through prayer and praise. The Davidic promise from God gives us a fuller picture of all the promises of God and what is to come with Jesus Christ.

“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 beside you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.” 2 Samuel 7:18-22

These verses are a reminder that God knows us deeply. He has a plan, and we can find joy and peace by walking in it, even when it seems very different from our own. David wanted to put God’s glory on display through a temple, but God wanted to put His glory on display through David. David would fail and sin, but this promise was not dependent on David’s faithfulness, but the steadfast faithfulness of God.

Our God will not fail His children. He is faithful to every promise. When we see the first words of the New Testament open with the lineage and coming of Jesus, son of David, we are reminded of the great joy we have resting in God’s promises.

Prayer: Who am I, O Lord, that you have brought me this far? You know me better than anyone and because of your promise, according to your heart, you have brought about greatness. There is none like you and no one beside you. Thank you for the JOY of your steadfast love.

Author: Atlee McSpadden. Atlee serves as the Director of Fellowship Kids at Fellowship West. Some of her favorite things include hiking, reading, podcasts, tea, coffee.

Published by Brad Raby


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