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"God hates..." So, what have you heard about God?

"Therefore you are great, O Lord God, for there is none like you! 
There is no God besides you! What we have heard is true!"
2 Samuel 7:22


I'm curious to know what you have heard about God.  

I'm guessing (because it's the typical norm for how humans behave) that you have heard a lot about God's character or what He thinks/feels about you or a variety of other topics.  

Or that because over a million people (most being individuals that claim to be His followers) boycott or vote for/against something that this is surely in line with God's will.  Right?

Think about it.  What have you heard?

From the front of a church?
From the lips of a news anchor?
From the imagination of a movie producer?
From a well-funded political campaign? 
From the experiences of a friend?
From your own experiences?

In this verse, God has just made a significant promise to David.  He began by reminding David of what had been done up to that point:  Remember how you were a little boy tending sheep out in the field?  Remember how I saved you from your enemies, saved your life, and raised you up to become a King?

David had heard things spoken about God but none of the words compared to what God had done.
And because David had already experienced God's goodness in his life, he could trust the future promises to be fulfilled.

But isn't it interesting that David was almost an old man when he wrote this verse?  He had already experienced so much of God's goodness in his life and was still doubting?  

I imagine David standing there with his arms crossed and his eyebrows raised saying, "Wow God, you are good.  You are great.  I had heard others say that about you but now I know.  I thought I had realized it myself, but now I think I get it."  

You see, David had made some really poor choices in his life.  God had raised him up to become a king from a shepherd boy but shortly after taking the throne, he took advantage of his power by stealing a poor man's wife and having him killed on the front lines of the war.  He was a thief, a liar, and a murderer.  His other children were a mess.  He made many mistakes.

I'm sure he had the knowledge in his brain.  God is good.  God is love.
But now he spoke from his heart.  "God, you are great.  There is none like you."

Think about it.  What have you heard?  
And what do you know to be true?


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