2 Samuel 24:25 (KJV) And David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel
Life has a way of coming full circle. Oftentimes we miss it because we become distracted by the nonessentials of life. The way we exit one of life’s cycles should mirror the same way we enter the cycle. This is true, however, it greatly depends upon our posture as we approach the entrance of the cycle.
Understanding The Text
In this text, we have come to the climax of David’s encounter with God here in 2 Samuel 24. The narrative has progressed from sin to repentance to punishment to repentance to creating a place to present an offering to God to appease His wrath. As we reflect upon the details of the narrative, we find David begins strong-willed but ends in brokenness. His heart is once again perfect towards God. Now, God can begin to turn the situation around for His people. The circle that began in 1 Samuel 1 with Hannah has now been completed with David in this narrative.
When we are in our broken state, our prayers tend to reach the heart of God in unimaginable ways…
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because we have, like David, come before God in our brokenness. The current state of the world has given everyone pause because we find ourselves at the mercy of something far greater than we could have ever imagined. Do we know the origin of this pandemic? We know what the physical realm has told us, but have we really considered things spiritually (Is. 53:1)?
When we began this topic, we were talking about the circles of life and things coming full circle. In the beginning of our journeys, we started out with God, but somewhere along the way we have become lost. Worship was our way of life, not something we do. It embodied who we had become as a new creation in Christ Jesus. In these difficult times, when we are facing a formidable foe far stronger than we, we have to ask ourselves: Where did we go wrong?
Turning away from God and leaning upon our own understanding finds its origin in pride. The Bible teaches us that, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall…” (Prov. 16:18). The Bible also says, “There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof is the ways of death…” (Prov. 14:12).
Am I saying that each of us is to blame for our current situation? No, I am saying that we have the power and authority vested in us through Jesus Christ to humble ourselves and pray and seek God’s face and expect there to be some results (2 Chr. 7:14). What result can we expect? God promised that He would hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal the land (v. 14). But the fascinating part of it all is not just that portion. It is the part that follows.
God said that His eyes will be opened and His ears attentive “…to the prayer that is made in this place…” (2 Chr. 7:15). This means that the moment we enter into the right posture and attitude of heart and begin to pray, God turns His attention to wherever we are and responds to our prayer…our humility…our brokenness (Ps. 51:17).
Prayer is a part of our worship lifestyle and experience. This is us coming full circle. Making a daily habit of seeking God as a way of life and not only in emergency situations. Then we can expect results from the same Faithful God Who responded to David when he prayed.