2 Samuel 7:18-29 – Let Us Never Forget The Day of Our Salvation!

Posted: June 7, 2018 in 10-2 Samuel

2 Samuel 7:18-29
David’s Prayer of Thanks

May we never forget our day of salvation! It is on that day that we realize as Jonathan Edwards so aptly put it three centuries ago that we are sinners in the hands of an angry God. It is at that moment that we realize that we are sinners and there is no amount of good that we can do to offset our sins. It is at that moment that we realize that our first sin cancels our right to be in heaven with the perfect, holy, pure, and sinless God in eternity. It is at that moment that we realize that one sin taints us forever and that there is nothing we can do to change the fact that our first sin changes us forever and by itself that first sin excludes us from heaven. It is at that moment that we realize that we compound our sentence to hell by our lifetime of sins that we have committed. It is at that moment that we realize that because one sin, our first sin condemns us to hell and then is compounded by the fact that we have committed sins as high as Mount Everest over our lifetime, we cannot claim that we did more good than bad so we deserve to go to heaven. It is at that moment that we realize that sin is like a drop of black ink into a glass of clear and clean water. Once the ink enters the water. The water is forever changed. No matter how hard you try you cannot get the ink coloration out of the water. It is forever no longer clear and clean water.

It is at that moment that we realize that we need a miracle. It is at that moment that we realize we need an intervention. It is at that moment that as we stand before the righteous judge that God is that we deserve our sentence to eternal damnation in hell where there is fire and gnashing of teeth and the burning of flesh for eternity. It is at that moment that we cry out for a reprieve, a stay of execution, a pardon, anything to avoid the fate that we know that we deserve. We cry out to Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive us of our sins and help us to repent and turn away from those things that are not pleasing to God. We ask Jesus Christ to save us. We come to Him believing that He died for our sins and that He is the Son of God. We believe that He arose from the dead as evidence of His divinity and His victory over sin and death. We beg Jesus to cover us in the presence of the Father. Jesus can see our heart and can know if we are serious about releasing control of our lives to him. He accepts our cries and makes us pure and holy before God and we are reconciled to the sinless God and are confirmed to be in His presence forever through the favor of Jesus Christ.

It is at that moment that we have the greatest joy of our lifetime. We know what we deserve. We know that we deserve hell as our punishment for one sin much less the lifetime of sins we commit. It is at that moment we have the greatest joy we have ever known. Knowing what we know about the nature of man and specifically about our own nature, we have been given freedom from the sentence of hell through Jesus Christ. I remember that day in December 2001. The burden of knowing what we deserve and seeing it really in focus for the first time and then knowing that Jesus has saved us from it, there is no greater joy than that moment.

Why do we so often forget that moment of salvation as we progress down the road after salvation? We should be the most joyous people on earth because of what we have been saved from. Especially, the joy should grow as time progresses. As we mature as Christians, it should become even more abundantly clear the unmerited favor we have been given through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf. It should be a growing joy as we become more and more self-aware of our failings and shortcomings in the sight of a perfect and holy God.

That idea of the joy that we should have because of our salvation, the unmerited gift and unmerited blessing, that we have been given, not earned, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. With that idea in mind, let us read David’s prayer in 2 Samuel 7:18-29 and how he expresses the same sentiment in the thanksgiving he gives to God for the unmerited favor of God promising that David’s dynasty shall live forever:

18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed,

“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord?[a]

20 “What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord. 21 Because of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known to your servant.

22 “How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you! 23 What other nation on earth is like your people Israel? What other nation, O God, have you redeemed from slavery to be your own people? You made a great name for yourself when you redeemed your people from Egypt. You performed awesome miracles and drove out the nations and gods that stood in their way.[b] 24 You made Israel your very own people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God.

25 “And now, O Lord God, I am your servant; do as you have promised concerning me and my family. Confirm it as a promise that will last forever. 26 And may your name be honored forever so that everyone will say, ‘The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is God over Israel!’ And may the house of your servant David continue before you forever.

27 “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, God of Israel, I have been bold enough to pray this prayer to you because you have revealed all this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you—a dynasty of kings!’ 28 For you are God, O Sovereign Lord. Your words are truth, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29 And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”

In this passage, we see David expressing in his prayer his humble acceptance of God’s promise to extend his dynasty forever. David realized that these blessings were given to him and his descendants in order that Israel might benefit from them. We also see that David realizes that this blessing is unmerited favor when he says, “You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord.” How beautiful this prayer is when framed in David’s understanding of the fact that he realizes that this blessing is a gift and not necessarily because of how good he was. Even though David became known as a man “after God’s own heart”, even David was realistic enough to understand his own failures as a man. As a result, David always came before the Lord with an humble and yet very thankful heart. We can learn much from David’s understanding of his position in relation to a Sovereign God.

Let us never forget that our salvation is a gift from God just as David’s dynastic line living forever was a gift. Let us always remember the joy of our day of salvation. Let us always remember what we have been saved from. Let us always remember that it is not because of what we do to earn God’s favor. Let us remember that we are nothing in comparison to the Sovereign God. Let us remember that we are not equal to Him. Let us remember that He grants gifts to us and that we are not in position to be His equal and to negotiate with Him. Let us remember that He is Sovereign and Great and we are small and insignificant. But yet that He choses to grant us gifts in His great love for us. Let us never forget the joy that this knowledge brings us.

Amen and Amen.

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