David’s Sense of the Goodness of God

In 2 Samuel chapter 7:5-16 we read of the message which God sent to David via the prophet Nathan. David has been greatly blessed by God. He has been raised up from obscurity to occupy the throne of Israel. God has given him rest from all his enemies. He has been established and strengthened as king. In verse 17 we are assured that the prophet Nathan had faithfully recounted to David all that God had revealed to him. Included in this merciful message was the wonderful blessing that, while David would not build the Temple in Jerusalem, his son would do so. So we read, for example in verse 13, that the LORD assures David that, “He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.”

What was the response of King David?

We find that this gracious man was so struck by a sense of the goodness of God to him that he went to the Tabernacle and sat before the LORD. He then prayerfully acknowledged God’s great goodness to him. David wondered that the LORD should take knowledge of him and so bless him. We read that he said, “Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? And 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?”

Commenting on the life of David, A W Pink notes the following, ‘Filled with joyful amazement at Jehovah’s infinite condescension, David at once left the royal palace and betook himself to the humble tent which housed that sacred ark, there to pour out his heart in adoration and praise. There is nothing like a keeling sense of God’s sovereign, free and rich grace, to melt the soul, humble the heart, and stir unto true and acceptable worship.’ (AW Pink The Life of David)

When the believer considers what God has done from him or her, ought they not to have a humbling sense of the goodness of God? God reminded David in the message He sent to him, that He was God, that He was David’s God and that He who had so cared for David would bless David’s son who would build the Temple.

May God indeed be our God and Redeemer and may He bless not only us, but those who come after us that we hold dear.

G B Macdonald


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