Sitting Before the Lord
2Sam. 7:18 ¶ Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?
This one little sentence gives us a glimpse into the relationship that David had with the LORD. The great leader, King David “went in and sat before the LORD.” It was in this setting that David had an intimate conversation with the Lord, spending time in prayer about the future of the kingdom.
When reading about David it becomes obvious that he had a deeply intimate relationship with the LORD. This wasn’t the first time that he had gone and “sat before the LORD.” His relationship with the LORD was one such that he was able to go and sit before him on a regular basis and he and the LORD could have deep conversations. The LORD loved David and David loved the LORD. Throughout his life this relationship continued to be developed until David’s heart began to be like the LORD’s heart.
Did David do everything right in life? No, sadly he did not and it appears that when he failed to spend his time before the LORD that he, at times, ended up in trouble. However, when he received correction from the LORD he was willing to listen and obey because he was constantly drawn back to the quiet place in the presence of the LORD.
Once we taste the beauty of dwelling in the LORD’s presence, we desire nothing more than sitting with him. We want to return to that place day after day and simply soak in the LORD.
The LORD hasn’t gone anywhere, but is patiently waiting for us to come and sit before him. The intimacy of the relationship found between David and the LORD is available for us as well, if only we will take the time to sit before the LORD. It requires us slowing down and taking the time to soak in his presence on a regular basis. Without this type of saturation of his presence we will be unable to fulfill all that God has intended for us. Even David, the mighty warrior, knew his limitations and that he needed his time in God’s presence, seeking the leading of the LORD in all things.
Lord, I love you and am so grateful for your love and leading. May I never become too busy to sit before you. Amen.