In yesterday's readings and reflection we looked at David's song in 1 Chronicles 16. Today we hae Davids prayer, from 1 Chronicles 17, especially vv 16 through 27.
16 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O LordGod, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 17 And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant's house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations, O Lord God!18 And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant. 19 For your servant's sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. 20 There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 21 And who is like your people Israel, the one[b] nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making for yourself a name for great and awesome things, in driving out nations before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt? 22 And you made your people Israel to be your people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God. 23 And now, O Lord, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as you have spoken, 24 and your name will be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel's God,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you.25 For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you. 26 And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. 27 Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever.”
There is much, much, much to reflect on in this prayer. We could consider it from David's perspective. God has just informed him via Nathan the prophet that it is his son who will build the temple, not David (after Nathan having apparently initially told David it will indeed be his task, v. 2). We could consider it from the perspective of God, his ultimate plan for his people Israel, and his chosen instruments to see his great plan unfold, whether David, Solomon, or ultimately Christ. There are other perspectives and angles to come at this from, undoubtedly.
The line that stood out to me is at verse 20, where we read "There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears."
There is none like God. All other gods, whether professed as gods or unknowingly worshipped as false idols (consumerism, self, etc) are indeed false. The claims of Jehovah God are far-reaching, ultimate, and final. Just as there are finite and universal physical laws, there are universal and perfect spiritual laws. Perhaps it stood out to me because of something I read last night.
In the closing words of his book Peculiar Glory, writer/pastor/theologian John Piper writes the following:
"... the Scriptures are the supreme and authority in testing all claims about what is true and right and beautiful. In matters not explicitly addressed by the Bible, it implies that what is true and right and beautiful is to be assessed by criteria consistent with the teachings of Scripture. All of this implies that the Bible has final authority over every area of our lives and that we should, therefore, try to bring all our thinking and feeling and acting into line with what the Bible teaches.
I do not write those words lightly. They make a staggering claim. Breathtaking. If they are not true, they are outrageous. The Bible is not the private charter of a faith community among other faith com- munities. It is a total claim on the whole world. God, the creator, owner, and governor of the world, has spoken. His words are valid and binding on all people everywhere. That is what it means to be God. And to our astonishment, his way of speaking with unique, in- fallible authority in the twenty-first century is through a book. One book. Not many. That is the breathtaking declaration of the Christian Scriptures." (a PDF of his book is available free from Desiring God Ministries, here)
Worth our reflections. The claims are clear, in our bible reading this morning, and by extension.
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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