Tuesday, December 4                                                         2 Samuel 7:18-29                                                             Steve Heyduck       

18 Then King David went and sat in the Lord’s presence. He asked: who am I, Lord God, and of what significance is my family that you have brought me this far? 19 But even this was too small in your eyes, Lord God! Now you have also spoken about your servant’s dynasty in the future and the generation to come, Lord God!  20 What more can David say to you? You know your servant, Lord God. 21 For the sake of your word and according to your own will, you have done this great thing so that your servant would know it. 22 That is why you are so great, Lord God! No one can compare to you, no god except you, just as we have always heard with our own ears.  23 And who can compare to your people Israel? They are the one nation on earth that God redeemed as his own people, establishing his name by doing great and awesome things for them, by driving out nations and their gods before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt. 24 You established your people Israel as your own people forever, and you, Lord, became their God.  25 Now, Lord God, confirm forever the promise you have made about your servant and his dynasty. Do just as you have promised 26 so that your name will be great forever when people say, “The Lord of heavenly forces is Israel’s God!” May your servant David’s household be established before you, 27 because you, Lord of heavenly forces, Israel’s God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a dynasty for him. That is why your servant has found the courage to pray this prayer to you.  28 Lord God, you are truly God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. 29 So now willingly bless your servant’s dynasty so that it might continue forever before you, because you, Lord God, have promised. Let your servant’s dynasty be blessed forever by your blessing.

Do I want what God wants? How do I know?

There are so many needs in the world today; wondering where to start can leave one feeling paralyzed.

King David, a “man after God’s own heart,” wanted to want what God wants, but today’s reading is his prayer after he learns God’s wants are different than his. David wanted to build a Temple for God. God didn’t want David to build a Temple; instead God wanted to build a Kingdom for David.

David wanted to do something good for God. God wanted to do something great for David.

David had to set aside his own wants to make room for God’s wants.

As we prepare for the celebration of Immanuel, God with us, which wants do we need to set aside to make room for God’s wants for us, for our Church, for our World?

Prayer: For us struggling to put aside our wants for God’s.