2 Samuel 7:18-26 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? 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. 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. (NLT)
This prayer was spoken by David after he was told by God he would not be the one to build the temple. David had a burning desire to build God a glorious house. Up until this point in Israel’s history, God’s presence dwelt with Israel in a portable tent-like structure called the tabernacle. No doubt the news had to be disappointing to David, but, his response is amazing. Instead of pouting, he gives thanks God for all he has done in his life and accepts His sovereign plan. Five times David says, “O Sovereign Lord.” Rather than getting bitter, He accepts God’s sovereign plan with thanks, grace, and humility.
We often get frustrated when God’s plan for our lives is different than we would like. When God says no, we need to respond like David. With thankfulness for what God has done in our lives and a humility to submit ourselves to whatever His sovereign plan may be. David’s prayer of acceptance reminds me of what Jesus taught us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” May our lives be about God’s glory how he sees fit.
God, I constantly battle with your plans for my life. I have dreams in my heart as to what I want to accomplish for you, but you are Lord are sovereign. Your kingdom come, your will be done in my life. I thank you for what you have done in my life and for my calling. I put my trust in you. May you be glorified in all you have planned for me to accomplish. Amen!