Daily Devotional

“When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men. But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.”  2 Samuel 7:12-17

This passage is from the portion of scripture when David had made a plan to build a temple for the Lord. But after David revealed his plans to Nathan the prophet, the Lord communicated through Nathan these words as part of His plan that it would be David’s son, not David, who would build the temple.

As I read through the passage I was drawn to the word establish. The definitions of the word establish is: “to found or settle permanently, to enact or decree by authority and for permanence.” This proclamation must have been such a reassurance to David to know that his family line would continue under the Lord’s authority. And even if they “committed iniquity” the Lord would be merciful to them. To have this promised to me would be the joy of my heart as one of my most fervent prayers is that my children would follow the Lord.

The good news is that the Lord still offers to us His everlasting covenant, that “He will be our God and we will be His people” (Genesis 17:7) when we ask Him to be. He will establish Himself; settle Himself permanently in our life when we ask Him to (Romans 10:9). And He may chasten us if we commit iniquity, but He will be merciful and not depart from us (Ephesians 1:7). The God of the Old Testament is the Jesus of the New Testament. He came that you might have a relationship with Him. Have you asked Him to establish Himself in you? Oh! I pray that you ask Him today❤
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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