II Samuel 7:18-29
A blessed man is one who sits before the Lord, meditating on His Word regularly (Psalm 1:1-2). No other man has pursued this endeavor of meditating on the Word more fervently and faithfully than King David. Many of the Psalms are a result of his quietly sitting before the Lord, meditating on His Word.
David is called a “man after God’s own heart.” To be this kind of a man David had to first know the mind and heart of God. To a large extent, David accomplished this through the persistent practice of Godly meditation. II Samuel 7 is an illustration of this:
Here we see that David had reached a place of rest in his reign. His war campaigns were over. He is now contemplating the building of the Temple of the Lord.
The prophet, Nathan, gives an encouraging message of God’s faithfulness to David and the Lord’s plan for constructing the temple….but that it would be through David’s son, instead of David himself that the temple was built.
David’s response is found in verse 18: “Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: ‘Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?'”
Notice the phrase, “David sat before the Lord.” Now he wasn’t sitting in a chair as we would. He was kneeling and sitting back on his heels, listening, and talking to the Lord. David was meditating.
Meditation was nothing new to David because he had long known what it meant to meditate. We read in the Psalms how often he listened and talked to the Father our in the fields. Even when he was running from Saul and dodging javelins, David took time to meditate upon God.
We would do well to follow David’s example and give priority in our life to meditating on God’s Word. From David we learn four principles about meditating on God’s Word:
1. David Reviewed the Past. Vs. 18
One of the first steps David took in II Samuel 7:18 was to recall God’s blessings, “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”
* David remembered his battle with Goliath.
* He remembered how God protected him when he was running from Saul.
* He remembered the battles he had won.
Now that he had peace in his life and kingdom, he had the privilege of savoring God’s wonderful works.
When we meditate, we should focus on how God has worked and blessed in our lives.
2. David Reflected upon God. Vs. 19-21
As we reflect upon God, we should consider:
* His Greatness
* His names…
* His Attributes….
Our troubles and heartaches shrink in comparison. In light of his presence and greatness, nothing is impossible in our lives.
* His Grace
* His Goodness
Focusing on our difficulties intensifies and enlarges the problem. When we focus on God, His greatness, His goodness and His grace….the problem is put into proper perspective.
3. David Remembered God’s Promises. Vs. 28
David remembered God’s promise to Abraham.
When we kneel or sit before God and meditate upon Him…we need to remember his promises….promises about:
* His presence
* His peace
* His provision
* His power
David had stood on God’s promises before and now he reflects on God’s sufficiency in delivering on His promises.
4. David Made Request Of The Lord. Vs. 29
What a tremendous request David made. When we sit before God we shouldn’t just listen…there is a time to request too. David doesn’t just ask God to bless his family…He boldly asked for God’s everlasting favor…And God answered his prayer.
What is your need today? Is it financial? Is it material? Is it spiritual? Is it help in a relationship with your mate, with your children, with a brother or sister in Christ?
No matter what your need, God has a promise for you. Why not claim it?
So, how do we sit before the Lord?
* Sit alone: Mark 1:35…….”And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place and there prayed.”
* Sit still: Psalm 46:10…….”Be still and know that I am God.”
* Sit silent: Is. 30:15……..In quietness and confidence you shall find your strength.”
* Sit secluded: Psalm 62:5…….”Wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from Him.”
* Sit regularly: Proverbs 8:34…..”Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at the gates.”
* Sit submissively: James 4:10…….”Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.”
And what happens when we meditate on God’s Word, when we sit before the Lord?
* Things that worry us lose their grip.
* The things that weaken us, God turns into strength.
* Our viewpoint of ourselves, others, our jobs, our problems and even our enemies change because we see them from God’s viewpoint, God’s perspective.
* Meditation brings peace, positive attitudes, personal Intimacy, purification and a passion for obedience.
Why would we not want to sit before the Lord?