2 Samuel 7* David's care for the ark. (1-3) God's covenant with David.(4-17) His prayer and thanksgiving. (18-29)1-3 David being at rest in his palace, considered how he mightbest employ his leisure and prosperity in the service of God. Heformed a design to build a temple for the ark. Nathan here didnot speak as a prophet, but as a godly man, encouraging David byhis private judgment. We ought to do all we can to encourage andpromote the good purposes and designs of others, and, as we haveopportunity, to forward a good work. 4-17 Blessings are promised to the family and posterity ofDavid. These promises relate to Solomon, David's immediatesuccessor, and the royal line of Judah. But they also relate toChrist, who is often called David and the Son of David. To himGod gave all power in heaven and earth, with authority toexecute judgment. He was to build the gospel temple, a house forGod's name; the spiritual temple of true believers, to be ahabitation of God through the Spirit. The establishing of hishouse, his throne, and his kingdom for ever, can be applied tono other than to Christ and his kingdom: David's house andkingdom long since came to an end. The committing iniquitycannot be applied to the Messiah himself, but to his spiritualseed; true believers have infirmities, for which they mustexpect to be corrected, though they are not cast off. 18-29 David's prayer is full of the breathings of devoutaffection toward God. He had low thoughts of his own merits. Allwe have, must be looked upon as Divine gifts. He speaks veryhighly and honourably of the Lord's favours to him. Consideringwhat the character and condition of man is, we may be amazedthat God should deal with him as he does. The promise of Christincludes all; if the Lord God be ours, what more can we ask, orthink of? #Eph 3:20|. He knows us better than we know ourselves;therefore let us be satisfied with what he has done for us. Whatcan we say more for ourselves in our prayers, than God has saidfor us in his promises? David ascribes all to the free grace ofGod. Both the great things He had done for him, and the greatthings He had made known to him. All was for his word's sake,that is, for the sake of Christ the eternal Word. Many, whenthey go to pray, have their hearts to seek, but David's heartwas found, that is, it was fixed; gathered in from itswanderings, entirely engaged to the duty, and employed in it.That prayer which is from the tongue only, will not please God;it must be found in the heart; that must be lifted up and pouredout before God. He builds his faith, and hopes to speed, uponthe sureness of God's promise. David prays for the performanceof the promise. With God, saying and doing are not two things,as they often are with men; God will do as he hath said. Thepromises of God are not made to us by name, as to David, butthey belong to all who believe in Jesus Christ, and plead themin his name.
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