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Sovereign Lord

Read 2 Samuel 5:17 through 8:18; Luke 12:22–48

Disappointments come into every life, even the lives of great leaders. King David requested the privilege of building a permanent home for God. Initially, Nathan the prophet had affirmed David’s request, assuring him that God was with him. But when God spoke, Nathan had to backtrack and give David the bad news—he couldn’t fulfill his vision of building a temple for God. However, God couched the disappointing words with wonderful promises for David. David’s response was to praise God.

“How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears” (2 Samuel 7:22).

In David’s prayer of response he notes seven times that God is sovereign, meaning He has almighty power and authority. While David could not build God’s house, God promised David protection and rest. God said David’s name would be included among the greatest of all men. Also, David’s throne would be established forever. When God changes your direction and you feel disappointment, trust Him to bless your obedience.

Thought for Today: Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . . and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5–6).

Quicklook: 2 Samuel 7:18–29


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