Almost every morning you can stop by McDonalds in Killen to find a group of older gentlemen that are enjoying their coffee, solving the world’s problems and bragging on their kids and grandkids. You can almost hear them, “My son was just promoted to President of his company.” “Really my grandson is fighting for our country in Afghanistan.” Well, my son has just finished up his PHD and is opening up his own practice.” It is natural for us to want to brag on our children and grandchildren for all of their accomplishments; after all, they make us proud. That is the way David must have felt as he hears the words of Nathan the prophet concerning David’s future offspring.
“When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.'” (1 Chronicles 17:11-14)
David’s son would be the one that would build the house of the LORD! I can just imagine how proud David must have been and how he wanted to tell everyone the news that he had received. However, the first thing David did was praise God. If you notice the next portion of Scripture, it reveals to us the heart of a humble king David as he bows in prayer before the God of the Universe and praises Him. There is a lesson in that! In this world when tragedy hits, or things don’t work out the way we have planned, we are very quick to criticize God and ask Him why things are happening the way they do. Yet when good things happen, and we are blessed, we often feel that we are somewhat responsible and we forget to thank God and praise Him for the good news. May David’s prayer be a lesson to us that when great and exciting things happen for us, the first thing we should do is bow down and thank God and praise Him for the good that He has shown to us.