God’s Promises To David

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 6:20-23; 7:4-29; 8:15-18; 9; 1 Chronicles 16:37-43; 17:1-2

Today we arrive at another “mountaintop” event in the Biblical story. God covenants with David to give him a house, a kingdom and a throne—and all of these would remain forever! This covenant is an outgrowth of the Abrahamic Covenant (see Gen. 12, where the Lord promised Abraham a land, seed, and blessing). The Davidic covenant, which deals with the “seed” aspect of the promises to Abraham, will one day be completely fulfilled in Jesus Christ! Yes, it is still in effect to this day (as is the Abrahamic covenant!).

Aside from elaborating on the messianic theme in the Old Testament (“Messianic” means it refers to the Messiah, who is Jesus.), this portion a) establishes the legitimate royal line in Israel, b) sets David as the model king for the generations to come, and c) promises God’s involvement with the Israelite monarchy throughout its history. With all this in mind, is it any wonder David responded with such grateful praise?

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