There was a prophet in the land named Nathan. David sought Nathan’s wisdom and counsel, and Nathan proved to be a man who heard the voice of the Lord. The Lord, through Nathan, said to David, “Do you remember how I took you out of the fields of your fathers? You were just a boy, a shepherd, and I made you a prince—Israel’s young prince. David, I am working through you. I will make your name one of the greatest in history. I have been with you since the beginning of your days, and every victory you’ve ever had has come from my hand. There has been much war, but I will give you and your people rest. I’m making your kingdom into a place of peace.”
Then the Lord continued through his prophet, “When you lie down with your fathers, David, I will raise up from among your offspring, from your own body, One who will establish his kingdom forever. He will build a house for my name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his Father and he will be my Son—ancient and strong.” [2 Sam 7:8-14; Heb 1:5].
For all the praise and glory David had received as Israel’s hero over the years, he recognized in this encounter with God that every good thing in his life had come from the Lord…David saw that God’s goodness to him was coming from a place deeper than he could imagine, and that it was a response to promises the Lord had made long before he was born.