god of the promise
By Rob Hall
May 25, 2020
Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.
2 Samuel 7:1-8:18
As I read these passages the theme is clear, promise. I’m really good at making promises but not so good at keeping them. I’d like to think I am a person who keeps ALL of his promises but sadly I don’t (my kids will vouch for that).
Did you know the Bible is full of promises God has made to his children? And while it’s really important to keep our promises, we follow a God who ALWAYS keeps his. There’s a book in my library called "All The Promises Of The Bible" by Dr. Herbert Lockyer. In the introduction he writes; “It has been computed that there are 30,000 Bible promises. No indication is given as to how this colossal number is reached. Altogether, there are 31,173 verses making up the Bible; 23,214 verses compromising the Old Testament, and 7,959—the New Testament...Scattered throughout the Bible are hundreds of definite explicit promises forming the category Peter names as ‘the exceeding great and precious promises’ (2 Peter 1:4).” That’s a lot of promises God has made and he will keep them all!
In 2 Samuel 7:1-8:18, God makes a promise to King David. This is known by theologians as the Davidic Covenant. David wanted to build God a house, a temple, but instead, the Lord told David that He will actually build David’s house. And that house wouldn’t be made of wood or stone but a lineage of descendants. It was a promise of the Davidic Dynasty, one that the Messiah would eventually come from. What a promise!
In John 14:15-31, God promises to send the Holy Spirit to all those who come to Jesus by faith. This is a promise of God’s presence with his people forever. This was a promise that would rival and be greater than any temple man could ever build. God was with David and fulfilled his promises to him and God continues to be with us today in the person of the Holy Spirit. Another incredible promise!
Finally, Psalm 119:38 reminds us that we can and should pray for God to fulfill his promises. One of the reasons why we should pray God’s promises back to Him, is because these are exactly the kinds of prayers God loves to answer. If that is true, I wonder how many of God’s promises are left unclaimed because we don’t know them and don’t pray for them (Like so many of our unspent gift cards!)?
Here’s what we need to remember, all of the promises of God are yes and amen in Jesus Christ (2 Cor 1:20). That means there are thousands of promises Jesus died and paid for, ready for you to redeem. Find them and use them for His kingdom and glory!
Listen to this great worship song that will help you draw near to the God of the promise.
May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
your salvation, according to your promise.
— Psalm 119: 41
Prayer to start with: Lord, I stand on your word and your promises. I want more of you and less of me. Bless me exceedingly while you direct me on your path. Amen.