1 Chronicles 17 gives us another writer’s view of what we read in 2 Samuel 7. God comes to Nathan to bless David, and then to request that David build a permanent house of worship for God to live in. God reminds David “I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel”. How’s that for a resume change. Shepherd boy to prince. God took a willing heart and turned him into a leader. He goes further to declare “I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth”. God is managing David’s resume and future. He has it well in hand.
So who is managing your PR and future? Is it God? Or are you trying to make things happen on your own and control your future and destiny. David is overwhelmed. He approached God with this question: “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?” David is humble even though he has been anointed as king. David doesn’t expect or take it for granted. He is thankful and wants to recognize that God is in control.
David expresses the key learning from his interaction with God. “There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you”. We serve the same God. There is still none like Him. He alone is worthy of our praise. He alone is our Savior and provider. David knows God. How? Because he spends time in His presence. He seeks His face through prayer. He is blessed by God’s touch.
And because of the relationship, David tells us “your servant has found courage to pray before you”. David has learned how much God loves him and how God listens to his prayers. God does hear our prayers. God does want us to come before Him with our requests. God desires to bless us indeed and provide us every good and perfect gift. God wants to be in relationship with us. David knows from where his blessings come – God Himself. He points us to that truth and shows us the power of prayer!