My wife and I work really hard to teach our children good manners. Many times, we have to coax them to say “please” or “thank you.” But, there are times when my children genuinely and spontaneously, without any coaching, express their gratitude to us or someone else for something they have received. Few things make me happier than when I have given a gift to my children and they respond with joyful gratitude.
In this passage, God promised to pour out wonderful blessings on David and his family with long term effects. In response, David offered a prayer of thanksgiving and praise to God. David humbly recognized that this was all God’s doing and not his own. As a result, he expressed his gratitude in praise to God.
Our response to God should be the same as David’s. In Jesus, the Son of David, we have received the fulfillment of what the Lord promised. Our enemies of sin, Satan, and death have been defeated. God promised an eternal home where we can live in His presence forever. Through Jesus, God is our Father, and we are His children. We should reflect daily on all the blessings God has given us and respond by praising Him.
-written by Jonathan Akin, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Lebanon, TN