THURSDAY: PEACE by Steve Yinger
SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 7:18-29
“Then David the King went in and sat before the Lord”, went in where and why did he sit? “Who am I Lord God”, David is very humbled by the word God has given him. “You have spoken also of the house of your servant concerning the distant future”, imagine for a moment that you have just learned that God would build His kingdom through your descendants what is the first thing you would do? “For You, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You”.
David was told, I assume by Nathan the prophet that the nation of Israel would be built out of the house of David. We also know that the Savior of the world would also be of the house of David. David’s response was to go to the tabernacle to pray. We are told that he sat before the Lord. It is customary to stand for prayer so perhaps he sat and contemplated what he had been told and then stood to pray or perhaps he sat and prayed but obviously it was quite a
momentous experience. The other thing of note is that David wasn’t sure why God would honor him so but that he desired it to be true and that he would live a life worthy of the honor. David had his problems but he is older and wiser now and the immense responsibility of being the foundation of God’s people is not too big for him because he knows that it is only possible through the blessing of God.
What legacy are we leaving? Have we matured to the point in our spiritual lives that we can be of benefit to God? I am constantly reminded through my devotions that to continue in the Peace of God I must consistently yield myself before Him. I’m convinced that a casual relationship with God is no relationship with God. When I am at peace it is because I have invested myself in my relationship with the creator of the universe today; I may have
done so yesterday, but today is the day that matters. Bad days happen but we can still have the peace of God in our lives. In order to “sit with God” we need to be worthy of His presence. God longs for us to be at peace. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulders. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace”.
Whether you stand, sit, kneel or prostrate yourself pray that today will be first day of the rest of your life.
Today we pray for the peace that passes all understanding and we have faith that He enjoys sitting alone with us.