Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 17:16-27
“Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, ‘Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?’ ”
I believe this verse captures the essence of David’s prayer. David is completely and utterly humbled by the fact that God has chosen him as King. Sometimes it is hard for me to feel the heart of David because I read this prayer reflecting back on his life and I know David as king, the man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). David is the one who, out of his faith, defeated Goliath with one smooth stone and a sling shot. David is the one who wrote most of the Psalms and was a mighty warrior. I sometimes forget to read David’s prayers through David’s eyes. Yet when I think about it from David’s perspective v. 16 has deeper impact on me.
Before all the great and mighty works of David there was a shepherd boy. The youngest son of his father Jesse doing the most humble job for his family and the Bible described him as “ruddy” (1 Samuel 16:12, ESV). Then, God appointed David to be king. So when David is praying in our passage today he is praying from the perspective that he was a humble shepherd boy that God made king. As I think about David through this lens I begin to feel gratitude, humility and astonishment leaping off the pages.
Reading David’s prayer convicts me to think: “How many times has God done amazing things in my life and I took credit for it?” If you are anything like me, God has done some pretty amazing things in and through you. Just the miracle of salvation is enough to make me hit my knees but he has allowed me to be a part of so much more. However, it seems to be a natural tendency to want to find some worth or reason why I deserve it or think that my talents contributed to making it happen. That is such a sinful and deceitful thought to have. When I think of my life in the correct perspective I am truly humbled and amazed at his blessing and that is what I hope all of us can get from David’s prayer. David was not a great man that God used; he was made great by God and used by God. The minute we start to get proud and believe God needed us is the moment we take the glory and God opposes us.
“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
Let us reflect today on God and his blessing in our life and let that humble us and motivate us to live for God and God alone.
Posted by: Chad Wiles