Irvin Wasswa

Tylertown Campus Pastor

2 Samuel 7:18-22

18 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?19 And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! 20 And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! 21 Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. 22 Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

It always amazes me the heart of King David. He was known in scripture as a “man after God’s own heart”. He was known as a mighty warrior who people loved so much so they sang praises about his greatness. He was an accomplished king and military man, yet here in 2 Samuel 7 we get the chance to “peek behind the curtain” and see his heart on display. He was a man of humility. Despite all of his achievements, he chose to give praise and honor where it was rightly due: The Lord! In these few verses David praises God for who He is and what He has done for Him. He declares there is no one like Him. 

Proverbs tells us that pride comes before a fall. We all at times can struggle with pride by praising OURSELVES for what we have done instead of directing praise to the Lord who has enabled us to do what we have been able to do. When we choose pride, we rob God of His rightful place of worship, and that is a dangerous place to be. Instead may we choose to be like King David here and choose humility, which is NOT choosing to think less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. When we choose to do that and direct our praise to God, He gets the glory He is due.