One of the most powerful descriptions of God in the Bible is that given by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:20, where he described God as “Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.”
One of the most powerful descriptions of God in the Bible is that given by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:20, where he described God as “Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.” If this is truly who God is, it means that we can be elevated exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think. Buthow can we experience such an elevation? To answer this question, we need to learn from someone who was elevated exceedingly abundantly above all that he could ask or think.
The name of the person is David and the story of how he had this experience is found in 1 Chronicles 17, which is one of the greatest chapters in all the Bible. At some point in time, David shared his burning desire to build the temple with his close advisor, Nathan the prophet (v.1). Nathan immediately encouraged David because the Lord had always been with David in whatever he did. Unknown to David, he was seeking to do something that will cause him to be elevated exceedingly abundantly above all that he could ever ask or think!
The very night that David shared with Nathan his dream of building a temple for the Lord, the Lord gave Nathan a very special message for David. God’s message to David was, first, the blessings and promises of God to David that would be fulfilled during David’s lifetime (3-10a). Second, it was God’s blessings and promises that were to be fulfilled after David’s death (10b-15). First,God gave David three significant promises and blessings—all of which were to take place during his life.
One, the Lord promised to give David an honourable name and reputation (v.8). David was to become famous, as famous as any ruler throughout the earth. Two, the Lord repeated the wonderful promise of the promised land that was to be given to Israel, His people (v.9).Three, the Lord promised David a future rest from all his enemies, meaning both military rest and spiritual rest (v.10). The day was coming when both David and God’s people would be given permanent peace and rest from all their enemies.
Next, we have God’s blessings and promises that were to be fulfilled after David’s death.One, God promised to establish a house or dynasty, a kingdom for David (v.10c). David longed to build a house or temple for the Lord, but instead the Lord would build a house (dynasty) for David (17:1-2, 10c). Two, God promised to give David a seed, a descendant or offspring who was to be raised up by God Himself (v.11).Three, God promised to give David a kingdom that was to be established by God Himself (v.11).
Four, God promised that this descendant would build a spiritual house of worship (v.12a).Five, God made a most unique promise to David: namely, that He would establish his throne or kingdom forever (v.12b).Six, God promised David a descendant who would be God’s very own Son (v.13).Seven, God promised that this son would always know God’s unfailing love. The prophet shared the entire revelation with David, reporting word for word exactly what God had said. Hearing the awesome promises of God, David was awestruck, overcome with emotion and gripped with a deep sense of unworthiness and of praise to God.
David acknowledged that God was the One who had raised him up from a lowly shepherd to be king (v.16). It was God and God alone who had brought him so far, taking him from an unknown family and exalting him to the very throne of Israel. But God’s goodness far exceeded David’s exaltation as king. It was the Lord God who had given David incredible promises, promises that assured the future of his house, a future that included an eternal dynasty or kingdom (v.17).