God wants to bless all aspects of our lives as a powerful testimony to His abundant grace. He also bestows blessings because He loves us unconditionally and wants only our very best. Taking time to acknowledge the One who faithfully walks beside us, meditating on and listening to Him, allows us to pray with confidence as David did: “May the house of Your servant be blessed forever” (2 Sam. 7:29).
Upon trusting and receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, we became the recipients of many spiritual blessings, and one of them is the promise that God will never leave or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). Throughout life’s journey and into eternity, the Lord is our faithful companion because He has come to live within us through His Holy Spirit.
When the prophet Nathan gave King David a message from the Lord promising that his house and kingdom would endure before Him forever, David responded with a prayer recorded in 2 Samuel 7:18-29. He acknowledged God’s faithfulness to him saying, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that You brought me this far?” (v. 18). The Lord had been with him throughout his lifetime from the time he was a lowly shepherd until He made him the ruler of His people Israel (2 Sam. 7:8-9).
Amazingly, now the Lord was giving him a promise regarding his future kingdom. This blessing had nothing to do with David’s worthiness but was for the sake of God’s Word and according to His own heart (v. 21). Having experienced the Lord’s past faithfulness, David asked Him to confirm what He had spoken and establish his house as He’d promised so that His name would be magnified forever (vv. 25-28).
As he sat before the Lord, David praised Him and made this request: “Now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant. Now therefore, may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You. For You, O Lord God, have spoken; and with Your blessing may the house of Your servant be blessed forever” (vv. 28-29).
Although we are not promised an everlasting kingdom, David’s prayer challenges us to consider whether we have ever asked God to bless our house and family. Like David, we should humbly come to the Lord and meditate on His Word, asking Him to bless our house that He may be magnified and glorified.
Although no family is perfect, our goal should be to live in such a way that God’s blessing can become a reality. This means we must review the past so we can take a fresh look at how He wants us to live in the future.
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