2 Samuel 7: The Davidic Covenant


  • David’s promise
  • David’s praise


One of the key things the covenants of the bible do is manifest the grace of God. To a greater or lessor extent God’s glorious grace is put on display. And in this chapter we have the Davidic Covenant presented putting forward another glorious glimpse of our gracious God. This is one of the most important chapters of the bible because it is one of the major steeping stones in the lead up to the coming of Jesus as the Saviour of the world. As you move through the OT you see a development that moves from the vague to the clear. In Genesis 3:15 you see that God’s response to the devil and sin is to promise a man born of a woman who will crush the head of the serpent. In the Abrahamic covenant you see that this man will be born to Abraham and bring blessing to all nations. Under Moses we see in the various administrations of the tabernacle and the priesthood the principles of an innocent Passover lamb saving God’s people from the Angel of Death, and many other lessons. Well now in the glorious chapter we have another piece of the puzzle added, we see that David will have a son who will be king forever. From this point on the Messiah will be known as the Son of David.

This chapter falls into two parts, firstly, David’s desire to build God a house to which God responds with promises to David; and secondly, David’s response of praise to God.