II Samuel 7:18-29 David Bears Witness Concerning The Covenantal Bond.
David acknowledges that the covenant the LORD made in and through him was one in continuity with the previous administrations of the one covenant of grace, as he sat and confessed that there was nothing in him or his house to merit such favour, that in fact it was the LORD alone who had brought him to his place of rest with the promise of being a citizen in a kingdom that would last forever (vv. 18-19a). David asked the following rhetorical question. “Is this the manner of man, O Lord God?” (v. 19b). Clearly it was a covenant relationship and bond that was not according to the manner of man. This covenant was not a contract between two equal parties. No, rather, it was according the revelatory word of the Lord God. It was not David’s words which initiated or established this covenantal bond and promise, for the Lord himself knew the sinful and humble state of David and those he represented (v. 20). Not only was there nothing David did to merit such favour, but his very knowledge of this covenantal bond was given to him by the revelatory word of the Lord God (v. 21).
It is always the case that the revelatory word must accompany the acts of redemption, as only thereby does any sinner come to a knowledge of the truth. For David, the fact of divine revelation is of the greatest significance. It is in and of itself a supreme act and example of grace (v. 22). After all men broke that first covenant of works in Adam, there was no obligation on God’s part to reveal anything to humans. The fact that he opens the ears of some, like David and those with him, is a shear miracle of his sovereign grace. However, it does not end there, it is through this revelatory word that his people know that he is their only redeemer, therefore we are uniquely his. Furthermore, it is through his redeemed people that his great name is known throughout the whole earth, in both the word and in his “great and awesome deeds” (v. 23). He is the one who went before them for their deliverance and inheritance. David then testifies to what is at the core of this covenantal bond. “For You have made Your people Israel Your very own people forever; and You, LORD, have become their God” (v. 24).
Here David switches from ‘Lord’ God to ‘LORD’ God, indeed ‘the LORD of hosts’ (vv. 25-26). He is confessing with this that he is indeed in a covenant relationship with the LORD God, including his house (vv. 25-26). Again, he acknowledges and gives thanks for the fact that the LORD God chose to reveal this to him, including the building of the LORD’s house through his Son (v. 27). These were words spoken by the same Lord God who spoke every created thing into existence, and they are true, including the promise which goes all the way back to Genesis 3:15, and it stems from his goodness (v. 28). Given all this overflowing grace, David asks that the LORD God would enable him and his house to know the blessings that flow from fidelity to the LORD God in this covenantal bond (v. 29a). David’s faith, hope, and love were based on the word spoken by the LORD God. The biblical faith is not one of man’s own imagination, or a god of his own choosing. Biblical faith comes by hearing the word of God and bearing witness to the same. “For You, LORD God, have spoken it” (v. 29b)