After all that David has heard from Nathan, he goes to the LORD. He takes his place “before the LORD”. He sits down with Him, in peace and quiet in His presence (verse 1818Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, “Who am I, O Lord LORD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?). This shows a high degree of confidentiality. He feels at home with God. At the same time he is full of respect for that God. He is impressed by everything God has done and will do for him. He feels overwhelmed by God’s mercies for him and his descendants.
David knows that the LORD did this according to his own heart and made him part of it. He will talk about this with the LORD, thank Him for it in the awareness of proven grace. He is deeply imbued with his own unworthiness. We listen in to that: “Who am I … and what is my house” (cf. Gen 32:1010I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff [only] I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies.). This attitude characterizes his whole prayer of thanks.
God communicates His plans to us. This is true for His counsels and also for the way we have to go on earth. Do we thank the Lord for including us in His plans and making us part of them? We will do so when we are overwhelmed by His mercy. We will thank Him for making us feel comfortable with Him. We will thank Him for allowing us to rely on His Word, on what He has said, as the basis for every blessing also for us. We will thank Him for allowing us to address him as David does in verse 2828Now, O Lord LORD, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.: “Lord LORD, You are God, and Your words are truth.”
David not only expresses his amazement at what the LORD has done, but also at what He will do into the distant future (verse 1919And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O Lord LORD, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And this is the custom of man, O Lord LORD.). He will do this according “to the custom of men”, that is to say, by following generation by generation. The LORD will always take care of a descendant.
Notice how often David speaks here about God’s Word and what God has spoken. God keeps His Word, as evidenced by the deeds that make it come true. It is also striking that David addresses God six times as “Lord LORD” and speaks of himself ten times as “Your servant”. David knows the power of the word of the LORD, that what He says also happens. He trusts it. He sees it fulfilled in his life and knows that everything will be fulfilled. The word comes from God’s heart. He sees and knows the heart of God.
In verse 2020Again what more can David say to You? For You know Your servant, O Lord LORD!, however, he begins with the LORD knowing him. Not only is it important to know God, it is also important to be aware that God knows us. Paul even says that the awareness that God knows us is more than the awareness that we know God (Gal 4:9a9But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?). The reason is that our knowledge of God is partial, but God’s knowledge of us is perfect. That is what impressed David and what should impress us.
He praises the incomparable greatness and power of God. There is no one like Him. To this he directly connects the incomparability of His people with any other people. After David had said of himself in verse 1818Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, “Who am I, O Lord LORD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?, “Who am I”, he says in verse 2323And what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people and to make a name for Himself, and to do a great thing for You and awesome things for Your land, before Your people whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt, [from] nations and their gods?, “what one nation on the earth is like Your people Israel?” He also sees God’s goodness for His people that He has redeemed. God’s greatness, power and grace can be seen in His election and liberation of Israel. Just as no one among the gods is equal to God, so no people among the nations are equal to His people. The people belong to God and God belongs to the people. God makes the name of David and His people great; but that is that David and His people may make His Name great.
In view of his own house David has a prayer (verse 2525Now therefore, O LORD God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house, confirm [it] forever, and do as You have spoken,). He yearns for it and prays that God will make great His Name, which is great, and that He will make it greater, and that He will do so in accordance with His promises concerning Israel and the house of David. He does not speak about what God has spoken about his name, the name of David, but what God has spoken about His own Name, the Name of God (verse 2626that Your name may be magnified forever, by saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is God over Israel’; and may the house of Your servant David be established before You.).
David ends his prayer of thanksgiving by asking that God may bless his house (verse 2929Now therefore, may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You. For You, O Lord LORD, have spoken; and with Your blessing may the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”). The basis for this prayer is: “For You, O Lord LORD, have spoken.” His house will be eternally blessed by the birth and reign of the great Son of David.