If I have a friend who keeps their promises, I hold on to that friendship. I treasure the friends I know I can count on— those are the girls I want to do everything with. I also feel safe to share my thoughts, my emotions, and my life with a friend who does what she says she will do. When I planned a wedding last September, I made sure I had friends who I could count on as bridesmaids. One of my bridesmaids did something that helped me through months and months of wedding planning. She took me out to lunch once a week. She may not have even realized how much this meant to me. Her taking the time, never canceling on our lunch dates, and being constantly there, helped me through wedding planning. Nine months later, I was able to stand in her wedding and do the same thing for her ––– Awww. God keeps His promises, but unlike my friend and I, He keeps His promises no matter what I do.
Recently, my husband and I taught on 2 Samuel chapter 7 at our church's youth group. I love David's candid relationship with the Lord. Over and over again, we see David asking for God to deliver him from his enemies. Sometimes he gets a little bit graphic. "Let their own table before them become a snare; and when they are at peace, let it become a trap. Let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and make their loins tremble continually. Pour out your indignation upon them, and let your burning anger overtake them" (Psalm 69:22–24). We can also read verses and verses of David confessing and sharing his sin with God (Psalm 38:18). In Psalm 139 David declares to God, "slay the wicked" and then he quickly asks God to search his heart and know it. Repentance, asking for forgiveness, and relying on God to protect him from his enemies are three lessons I learned when looking at the relationship David had with the Lord.
In 2 Samuel chapter 7, God makes a remarkable promise to David. "This is what the Lord Almighty says: 'I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth'" (2 Samuel 7:8-9). David relies on God to take care of his enemies; he repents from his sin and consequently, God promises to do both and more. God reminds David of all the ways He has provided for him in the past: God cut off all his enemies, had been with him the whole time, and had appointed him as king from his lowly position as a shepherd. He wanted David to know, without a doubt, that what He promises next will happen. God promises to make David's name great. The entire chapter of 2 Samuel 7 centers on how God is going to bring the Messiah, Israel's promised king, through David's family line. David wasn't perfect and his sons were even worse. In verse 13, God promises that David's descendants will always have the unconditional love of God. This is what we call the Davidic covenant. The Davidic covenant is the promise that God made to David that someday, He will send a savior –– Jesus, through David's descendants. When I saw this connection, I got chills. We can have a relationship with God who really does keep promises.
There's just something about a friend who does what they say. When life gets tough, those are the kinds of friends you want around. Now I am not David, but I do desire a close relationship with God. Our God keeps His promises regardless of what we do. There are two things I've learned from David's relationship with God: repentance and reliance equals a close relationship with our God— the God who keeps His promises regardless of our actions.
Hannah Lynn hosts Moody Radio’s That’s Real and is an engineer for Karl and Crew mornings. She grew up as a homeschooler on a tree farm, plays the harp (ask her about harp camp), drives a Prius (don’t judge), and started a fashion blog while a student at Moody Bible Institute (yes, that’s possible). Hannah loves to tell people about Jesus—as a seven-year-old she witnessed to her ballet teacher, then she started a Young Life club while in high school. Now she mentors teens with her husband, John, who serves as a youth pastor.
That’s Real with Hannah Lynn gives a one-minute dose of encouragement and advice to young adults who want to love and live God’s Word. Her fast-paced mix of storytelling and Bible truth helps create understanding between young believers and anyone who wants to follow Jesus one day at a time.