Can You Believe Him?
2 Samuel 7:22-24
Verse 22 “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.”
David continues his prayer by turning his thoughts from what he had just heard regarding his family to the giver of the promise. The focus being given to God is pure praise. Having come to such a place of humility, the king is now seeing the breadth of who God is. With eyes wide open he starts marveling at the various ways that God is making a difference in the lives of His people.
David begins this section of praise with a proclamation of God’s greatness. We know David had seen God’s greatness because he had seen his own humanity. The king praises God because He alone is worthy of praise. There is no other God and David is not afraid to say so. He had known this for years as he had said as much when he went up against Goliath but there is something about saying it out loud in prayerful praise which reminded the king God alone deserves our praise.
The king doesn’t only see what God has done for him and who He is, David starts seeing and understanding all the varying things God has done for His chosen people. First, He had called them His own people. While most nations would claim a god, the God of the nation of Israel had chosen them. But He didn’t just call them His own, He went out of His way to redeem them, to bring them out of the bondage they had endured in Egypt. It wasn’t to make a name for His people, but for Himself.
The God of heaven had made an opportunity to show Himself as the most powerful. He was able to show His power as He brought His people into the land He had promised. He not only drove out the people of the land, He was also driving out the gods of those nations. He was making it known He is the only God.
This had David praising the Lord. He knew the God of heaven is the only God and he was not ashamed to proclaim it to the Lord, out loud, in a tent by himself with the Lord. David wasn’t praising God so those around him would see him as a godlier leader, this was pure praise from a man who was overflowing with awe and gratitude to the only one who could do these things. God alone is worthy of praise!
Making It Personal
Do you worship God out loud when you are by yourself? Why is it important to praise Him out loud? When praising Him out loud in church are you focused on Him alone?
Making It Personal Kids
Have you ever told Jesus how great you think He is out loud? Why do you think Jesus would like you to say it out loud? Do you find it hard to praise Jesus out loud when there are others around?
Father, we praise You for You alone are worthy of praise. We cannot list the things which You have done because there isn’t enough time in a day. Father, help us remember to love You and worship You out loud no matter who is around. In Jesus’ name, amen.