“Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.” (2 Samuel 7:29)
It is one thing to plead our petitions before the throne of grace, for we have been invited to do so day and night. It is another thing altogether to plead His promises. It is to these pleas that we can expect to receive blessings multiplied for His name’s sake, for what God has promised, He will surely do.
I first learned that our God is a covenant-keeping God when I was in seminary. It was one of Dr. Robert Reymond’s favorite phrases, and he would often remind his students that God is a promise-maker and a promise-keeper. As children of God, we are to plead His promises, because every promise of God is “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20). We are invited to come boldly before the throne of grace and remind our God of the promises He has made to us, and we can plead His promises in confident anticipation that He will perform them.
Is it not a source of cosmic comfort to be able to do as David did? We see in today’s verse that the shepherd king went to His God and repeated back to Him what He had already promised to do for His servant. The Bible is filled with promises that God has made to you. When was the last time you took Him at His Word and pleaded those promises? David knew what we all are to know by way of personal experience: Not a single promise of God will ever fall to the ground unfulfilled or return void. When God speaks, it is settled, and to see so many sure accomplishments presented to us in the Scriptures should keep us on our knees day and night.
There is no need that you might ask God to meet that He does not already have sufficient provision promised for you, for He has promised to “meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Regardless of what you are facing in your personal, school, family, or professional life, God has uttered a promise that you have been given permission to plead to Him. Know and trust in what David knew, that your God is pleased to bring to pass all that He has promised to give to you. And never forget that He will always make good on His promises to you in His perfect way and in His impeccable timing. Plead His promises and prepare to be blessed . . . and amazed!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!