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(In prayer we praise GOD for HIS grace and presence)
(1 Chronicles 17:16-27)
As I said in week 3 of this quarter, this chapter (1 Chronicles 17) stands as one of the most pivotal chapters in biblical history. It is here in these passages that GOD’s Covenant commitment promises to King David are announced and have the same history-shaping force as HIS ancient Covenant commitment with Abraham. In fact, as I said earlier, this “Davidic Covenant” can even be viewed as “a continuation” of the “Abrahamic Covenant”.
After Nathan had delivered GOD’s message to David, commanding him “not to move forward with his idea to build a Temple for HIM in Jerusalem”, David went into the tabernacle (tent) and sat before GOD and prayed his, now well-known, “Prayer of Thanksgiving” that is featured here in 1 Chronicles 17, verses 16-27. Here David shows utter amazement at the evidence of GOD’s love for him, and he blesses GOD, and thanks HIM for HIS goodness. He then asks GOD to use HIS power to do what HE had promised in HIS Covenant offer to him.
This event, following so closely behind the event of David’s moving of the Ark to Jerusalem and setting up daily worship, emphasizes the close relationship between “worship” and “blessings”. Those, who serve GOD wholeheartedly, can expect HIM to, not only bless them, but also, to send CHRIST JESUS into their lives with “the eternal blessings” of HIS perpetual presence.
Doing “GOD’s Will”, on a daily basis, and building “a spiritual temple of worship” (personal relationship of friendship with GOD) “within our own bodies”, is far more important than building “a physical temple” to worship in. Our worship of GOD must be housed within us and exhibited through our daily behavior, and not necessarily inside of some imposing mortgaged-strapped edifice. David’s attitude toward prayer stands as an excellent example of how we should respond to GOD in worship on a regular basis.
This prayer displays to us, two distinct qualities, which we must be able to earnestly exhibit in order to receive “GOD’s favor”. First of all, like David, we must be humble, despite our successes in life, acknowledging that we ourselves deserve nothing that GOD has ever given us (v.16).
Humbling ourselves in prayer is a required feature if we are to be taken seriously by GOD. To go before GOD with a prideful attitude, or with an attitude of deservedness because of how great we feel we are, is blasphemous, and goes well beyond foolishness.
And secondly, we must display complete earnest reverence for GOD, and yet, despite being humble, we must also have complete confidence in GOD that HE will deliver that which HE has promised us, good or bad (Vs.20-27).
Our faith must be such that it exudes confidence that we believe to a point of knowing that GOD will always delivers those prayer requests that line up within the righteousness of HIS Word and HIS Will.
An eternal GOD only deals in eternal blessings. It is a characteristic HE possesses that will not, and cannot, ever change. It actually pleases GOD to no end, to bless us and our family so that our lineage will never end in disaster. And remember, GOD already knows our specific, detailed, personal needs, even before we ask. Amen.
A Sunday school lesson by,
Larry D. Alexander
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