“Therefore 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…” (2 Sam. 7:29).
God’s promises to us are guaranteed to be fulfilled. Because God cannot lie, we have the full assurance that He will honor the very words which He has spoken. Why? The Bible teaches that God “…has magnified His Word above all Thy (His) name…” (Ps. 138:2). So we have many great things to which we can look forward.
Understanding The Text
In the previous text, we observe David’s desire to build a house for the Ark of God. In subsequent verses, God responds to David via Nathan the prophet. Yet, in His response, God changes the terms. God promises to not only establish David but his progeny as well.
In this scene within the text, David comes to God and honors God with his praise and thanksgiving for the promises given unto him by God. After David acknowledges God’s hand of providence working his behalf, David becomes somewhat audacious. He boldly responds to God’s promises by almost demanding that God stands by everything He has spoken.
Is he out of line and being disrespectful to God? No, the tenor of his voice is still reverential towards God. However, David understands that what God has promised, He is also able to perform (2 Cor. 1:20; 2 Pet. 3:9; Rom. 4:20-21). David shows us his level of faith in God’s ability to bring His promises to pass through his response.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because we often face situations in life that may deter us from our confidence in God. However, when we reflect on the Word of God and His fulfilled promises within, it brings a rush of vitality to our faith and helps us to stand firm in the midst of life’s storms. Why? Because we can rest assured, “…that He Which hath begun a good work in you (us) will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…” (Phil. 1:6).
Life is filled with words being spoken every day. In our contemporary context, people submit oaths and promises only to breach those very same oaths and promises at a later date. However, the one thing that upholds and strengthens our confidence in God’s Word and promises is that we know that He is faithful to His Word (Rom. 4:21). His integrity is impeccable and without blemish. In the Kingdom of God, we can rely on everything God speaks forth because when He speaks, His Word is forever settled in heaven (Ps. 119:89).
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”