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Learning to Pray With King David

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., April 7, 2019
Part of the Great Events in the History of Redemption series.

When I think about the subject of prayer, the second person from Scripture that mind my immediately rests upon is king David (the first being our Lord, and the Lord’s Prayer). Of course, we have an inspired record of many of David’s prayers preserved for us in the Psalms. And any serious study of this subject will surely need to probe the immense depths of David’s prayerful reflections found there. In fact, we can (and even should!) pray David’s very words, knowing that the Spirit has inspired and preserved them in order to assist us in the formation of our own prayers to our Father in heaven.

In 2 Samuel 7:18-29 there is another recorded prayer of Israel’s greatest king. And it comes immediately after the Lord’s announcement, delivered through the prophet Nathan, that Yahweh would build an eternal house for David. The king’s prayerful response to this divine declaration of grace provides us with some amazing insights about prayer that will both inform and encourage each of us.

This coming Lord’s Day we will explore these inspired words together, and I encourage you to read and meditate upon this passage this weekend (as well as Psalm 89) in preparation for our worship.

2 Samuel 7:18-29

18Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? 19And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD? 20And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant. 21For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them. 22Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? 24For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God. 25And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said. 26And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee. 27For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee. 28And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: 29Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever. (KJV)