Humility In Prayer

In today’s devotional reading King David sat/tarried and poured out his thoughts in a prayer full of thanksgiving, and even of great wonder of God’s mercies to him.  “Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed: “Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life”? But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming, for you’ve also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow, my Master God! What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, Master God, just as I am. You’ve done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are—out of your very heart! —but you’ve let me in on it. (2Samuel 7:18-21).

David… sat before the Lord. The word “sat” is usually explained by commentators as meaning “tarried.” The rabbis give the word its ordinary meaning and say that it was the privilege of kings to pray in a sitting posture.

A great man is always willing to be little.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

David’s words are not so much a prayer as a meditation, full of thanksgiving, and even of wonder at the greatness of God’s mercies to him. In it he first acknowledges his own unworthiness and the meanness of his father’s house compared with the high dignity which God is bestowing upon him. For not only has he raised him to the kingly office but promised him the continuance of his house “for a great while to come.” Whether David understood as yet that he was now placed in the same position as Abraham of old, in that “in his seed all the families of the earth should be blessed,”

David’s Prayer Of Gratitude

David’s Prayer Of Gratitude

And now, Master God, being the God you are, speaking sure words as you do, and having just said this wonderful thing to me, please, just one more thing: Bless my family; keep your eye on them always. You’ve already as much as said that you would, Master God! Oh, may your blessing be on my family permanently. (2Samuel 7:29)

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