I once heard a Bible teacher refer to 2 Samuel 7 as one of the most pivotal passages of Scripture for understanding God’s plan of salvation. Without it (and the parallel passage in 1 Chronicles 17), the rest of the Bible and the Christian life don’t make sense. God made a covenant, a sovereign promise, with David that one of his descendants would reign in Israel forever. This promise was partially fulfilled in the short term when King Solomon, David’s son, built the temple his father had dreamed of building. But then Solomon’s sin brought God’s judgment, dividing the nation of Israel and removing David’s sons as rulers for a time. However, despite the failures of David’s family, God kept his promise. In fact, God said when—not if!—David’s son sinned, he would be punished, but God’s love would for him would not change.
But God wasn’t just concerned with David’s short-term desire to build a temple. As always, God had a long-term plan. The Davidic Covenant was also eternal. In fact, God used the word “forever” three times in the passage. And when God says “forever”, all of eternity will be impacted. The reason this passage is so pivotal—and the most beautiful part for me (as you!) as a believer—is that because God’s covenant was eternal, I am also a recipient of the promise made to David. God’s perfect, long-term plan included a Savior from the line of David, who would be the sacrifice for my sins. Right now, He reigns in heaven and, one day, He will return to reign on earth forever. Because I have acknowledged that Christ is the only payment for my sins and have accepted His gift of salvation, I will live forever with Him in the everlasting kingdom promised to David in 2 Samuel.
Later in the passages, David rejoices over God’s promises to him.
Therefore, you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. (2 Sam 7:22, I Chron. 17:20, ESV)
And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. (I Sam 7:28; I Chron 17:26, ESV)
In Psalm 132: 11-18, the writer reiterates God’s promise made to David in 2 Samuel 7.
There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine. (Ps. 132: 17-18, ESV)
It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around: the same mercy and faithfulness that God promised to David, He promises to me. God promised David’s descendants would rule forever. Because of one of those descendants, Jesus Christ, I have the hope of eternal life. God will protect me like he protected David. His goodness will shine in my darkness no matter how deep. He will defeat my enemies, and I will receive the Crown of Life. The promises God made to David were made for me. The promises God fulfilled for David will also be fulfilled for me.