In my morning prayer time, I’ve been reading and meditating on 2 Samuel 7. The second half of this chapter we find King David praying in response to what happens in the first half of the chapter. I want to put the spotlight on verse 18, and specifically the first part of the verse.
“Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said …”
These words arrested my attention and my soul. I want them to do the same for you.
A busy king with much on his plate went into the proverbial closet, shut the door, and “sat before the Lord, and he said…” This phrase speaks of David’s relationship with His God and the weight that he places on private, personal prayer with God. This phrase gives us a beautiful description of David’s actions, outwardly and inwardly.
He left the room where everyone was attending to him, entered his private chambers, and physically sat down. He may have sat down alone in a room, but he was anything but alone. He sat before the Lord. It is obvious that we can see more than the physical posture of David. Because we have learned the character and heart of David from the scriptures we can see more than his physical posture in that private room. We can see the posture of David’s heart. He “sat”- speaks of his heart being comfortable, welcomed, and loved. Then the words, “before the Lord” speaksof his faith and reverence. David knew that when he stepped into his private chambers he was going to go before his Lord and pray. David didn’t hesitate or doubt that his Lord would be before him. David didn’t wonder if the Lord would be present to hear his prayers. David knew; it was a natural act, with no hesitation of faith or awareness of his Lord.
The lesson is obvious, isn’t it?
Do you see this wonderful picture of a man who knows his God and knows his acceptance before his God? This is a picture of David’s physical posture, heart posture, and mental posture in fellowship with the Lord God of the universe. Confidence, acceptance, loved, and reverence; all this in those few words of 2 Samuel 7:18. This reminds me of his prayer recorded in Psalm 64:1. David begins with, “Oh God, You are my God.” David’s heart was reverent and he knew that he was accepted and loved.
Let this picture be branded into your imagination so that it calls you to step away to a private chamber and sit before the Lord. Let the Scripture paint a picture for you to live by.
2 Psalm 34:15 — The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.
Matthew 6:6 – But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.