I will tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to me, ´You are my son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
In this verse it is the king himself speaking of his covenant with God that came through Nathan the prophet in 2 Samuel 7:12ff). The Hebrew word used for decree means to engrave something and it stands for any formal agreement. A decree is a solemn and authoritative edict issued by a king. In the context of this verse, it was God Himself who pronounced this decree through Nathan. The decree was therefore permanent and holy. What was this decree all about? God has entrusted David and his house to rule forever and all nations were to accept their rule as coming from God. Therefore all the nations and vassal kings were rebelling against the Davidic kingdom were indirectly rebelling against God. It is now becoming clearer how these kings were plotting to overthrow God´s rule.
However, like any other covenant, the agreement had conditions. The most important condition was for King David and his descendants to rule people according to the will of God. Two takeaways for today are 1. God made covenants with his people for the betterment of their lives. 2. The covenant remains in place as long as we do the will of God