David thanks the Lord
16 Then King David went into the Lord's tent. He sat down and he prayed to the Lord. He said, ‘Lord, my God, I am not a special person and my family is not special. You have helped me very much and I do not deserve it. 17 And you have done more than that, my God. You have made a promise about the descendants of my family in the future. You, Lord God, have spoken to me as if I am a very important man. 18 I am your servant and you know me completely. You have given great honour to me. There is nothing more that I can say.
17:16This was the special tent where David had put the Lord's Covenant Box.
19 Lord, you have chosen to do all these great things for me, your servant. You are telling me what you have promised to do. 20 There is nobody like you, Lord. You alone are God. What we have heard about you is true! 21 There is no other nation on earth like your people, Israel. We are the nation that you rescued so that we would belong to you. You did that to show that your name is great. You did great miracles as you rescued your people from Egypt. You chased out the nations who wanted to stop them. 22 You chose Israel to be your own people for all time. You, Lord became our God.
23 Lord, please do the things that you have promised to do for me, your servant, and for my family. Continue to do for ever what you have promised to do, 24 so that people see your promises are true. Then people will always give honour to your great name. They will say, “The Lord Almighty is Israel's God.” And David's descendants will continue to serve you as kings.
25 My God, you have made this promise to me, your servant. You have said that I will always have descendants who will rule. That is the house that you will build for me. Because you have said that, I was not afraid to pray to you. 26 Lord, you are the true God! You have promised these good things to me, your servant. 27 Now please bless my family and my descendants. Then we will serve you faithfully for ever. Yes, Lord, you have blessed my descendants, and I know that you will continue to bless them for ever.’