The prophet, Nathan, speaks a word from the Lord to David.
“When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.” (I Chronicles 17:11-14 ESV)
The Lord is making an amazing promise to David here. He is not just talking about Solomon building the temple. He is talking about the future Savior coming through David’s line. It is His throne that will be established forever.
David’s prayer in response is humble and grateful.
“You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to You. You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in Your sight; for You, Lord, have blessed it, and will be blessed forever!” (1 Chronicles 17:25-27 ESV)
The line that stood out to me was “You, Lord are God!” It was like a head explosion moment for David. He, I imagine, could not believe what he had been told and how honored he was by it. Moving back a chapter we see David instructing worship before the ark of the covenant. I think after hearing what Nathan had to tell him and thanking the Lord for it, that David worshipped just like he taught.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. Cry out, ‘Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in Your praise.’ Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.” (I Chronicles 16:34-36 ESV)
Whether you kneel in reverance, stand with hands raised, bow your head with tears streaming from your eyes, or any other humble way, I encourage all of us to worship the Lord with our whole beings. He is worthy to be praised. Can I get an amen?