Many people struggle with the question: Why is there so much evil and suffering in the world? Just as perplexing is the opposite question: Why is there so much joy and wonder in the world? As the Bible teaches that all have sinned and stand under God’s judgment (Rom. 3:23), this second question is actually more difficult.
David had initially asked to build a temple for the Lord. God did not allow David to do this. Instead, that task would fall to David’s son. God also made some stunning promises in response to David’s request. He promised that David’s line would endure forever (2 Sam. 7:16), a promise that foreshadowed the coming Messiah, Jesus.
David’s initial response was to go to the tabernacle and sit (v. 18). Author and theologian Eugene Peterson observes, “This may be the most critical act that David ever does. ...He takes himself out of the driver’s seat and deliberately places himself prayerfully before God the king.” David is filled with wonder and awe, “Who am I, Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” (v. 18). The humility and gratitude modeled here by David are appropriate responses for those who experience God’s grace.
David not only had been humbled by this experience, his view of God had also been enlarged. He boldly proclaims, “There is no one like you, and there is no God but you” (v. 22). God was powerful enough to redeem Israel from Egypt. He was powerful enough to keep the promise He made to David.
>> David’s prayer shows us where hope comes from. It comes not from a belief in our own competency or worth, but from trusting the promises of an all-powerful and all-knowing God. Based on God’s promises, David can boldly approach God in joyful worship (v. 27). Take a few moments and reflect on how you have seen God’s grace in your life.
Like David we ask in awe, “Who am I? ...How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears” (2 Sam. 7:18, 22).