THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Part 25: David Sits in Prayer: Humble & In Gratitude (I Chronicles 17: 16-27)
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Beloved it is a blessing to live, breathe and see another day. Many arrows have been sent the way of many righteous men and many thorns have rested in sweet pain not by man or flesh but by the Spirit. Meanwhile His promises go with us while man promised us the moon that he could not see. However blessed is the righteous as God broke the day and they saw Light night and day.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved we can come wanting and desiring many things. However what will we call out in prayer? We bear witness that there are forever blessings as we continue our sojourn and look to the sacred text. There is no life long enough here to ever digest all that we see in the Word. But we are committed and inspired to continue our diligence toward the Truth of God for this is the road to salvation.
As we continue to explore the positions of prayer we turn to David. This man king David wanted to build a house dedicated to God. See at II Samuel 7: 1-17 however our primary scripture is found at I Chronicles 17. The chapter begins with the promised blessings of God to David. And the first two verses note the cross reference at II Samuel 7: 1-3. While verses 3-15 note the covenant also noted at II Samuel 7: 4-17.
As we continue our discussion we arrive at our primary scripture noted as David’s prayer of acceptance noted at verses 16-27. We also refer you once again to II Samuels 7: 18-29 for an additional note. We will also refer you to several cross references taken from II Samuel 7 as we proceed. David wanted to build a house for the Ark of God. He was overcome with a bad feeling as he had a beautiful house while the Ark of God resided in a tent. However God does not always work, move, act etc. when we want him or how we want Him.
As we move to our scriptures we advise you to read and study this entire chapter especially the bracket of scriptures 16-27. We also recommend that you read and study all of the scriptures noted as cross references especially the scripture noted at II Samuel 7. We will not include all of the scriptures noted as our primary text but we will begin with verse 16.
I Chronicles 17: 16-17: “And David the king came and sat before the Lord, and said, Who am I, O Lord God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?”
17:17: “And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoke of thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O Lord God.”
David is noted here in a humble posture as he prayed to the Lord. He was very grateful therefore he came in a spirit of gratitude. Although he felt unworthy of such favors he was unselfish in that he looked forward to the promises that were to be fulfilled after his death. Meanwhile as we tell God our troubles, cares and concerns we must realize the other dimensions of prayer. This is one of the expressed reasons we have sought to search the Bible for what God says about prayer. Therefore as we move through this series we will be able to further deepen our Spiritual life. So as we continue to praise God take time to appreciate and count His blessings in this we can affirm his promises. Follow us now over to II Samuel 7 for several cross references. Here we will find similar scriptural messages that are found at our primary scripture. Our primary verses are 18 and 19 also we note that verses 18-29 reveal another note on David’s’ prayer of acceptance therefore we suggest that you take the time to read and study the word there.
II Samuel 7: 18-19: “Then went King David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, O Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?”
17:19: “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 men, O Lord God?”
At this place also David is moved to prayer as he enters the tent containing the Ark and spoke to the Lord. Meanwhile he is reassured that the Lord will provide a house in the future. Now return with us back to I Chronicles 17.
I Chronicles 17: 19: “O Lord, for thy servant’s sake and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.” (Also see II Samuel 7: 21 and Isaiah 37: 35).
David realized that God is the King. His blessings therefore are on-going. Now look with us at verse 22.
17: 22: “For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people forever; and thou, Lord, becamest their God.” (Also see Exodus 19: 5, 6).
What does the word "ever" mean at this place? Does it mean the end of that age? However does the word tell us here that there are age ending times in the Bible? Also that in a moral sense based on the faithfulness of His people they would receive his blessings for an eternity. Can we thus best understand the passage of scripture here with a clear understanding of the Old and New Laws? Also we must place Jesus Christ the Savior of all humankind in His proper perspective. Now follow us to our concluding scriptures on this subject.
I Chronicles 17: 25-27: “For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee.”
And now, Lord, thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:”
“Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee forever: for thou blessest, O Lord, and it shall be blessed forever.”
Beloved it is surely a blessing to have the promises of God. Thus when we look to the Word and see these things we are forever blessed. Here we see the promises of God moving David to prayer. Will the saints today grasp the promises of God and also have the spirit of prayer? Is the belief in the promises of God the way to a heart of prayer? We come as did David believing in God and all that He promised. Thus our hearts are filled with a good and righteous spirit that is conducive to prayer.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 21 September 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
All rights reserved FreedomJournal Press 2009