Irvin Wasswa- Tylertown Campus Pastor LHBC
1 Chronicles 17:16-20
16 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?17 And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations,[a] O Lord God! 18 And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant. 19 For your servant’s sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. 20 There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”
King David and the people of Israel in 1 Chronicles 15-16 were just able to experience one of the greatest moments in its history: The Ark of the Covenant, which represented the presence of God amongst the people. What a moment! King David as the king had the opportunity to be a part in ushering the Ark back into the presence of Israel and the celebration and praise for the goodness of the Lord. In the midst of the celebration, King David goes to the Lord in prayer and voices a prayer to God which highlights his humble heart which we could all learn from.
See David didn’t start out his prayer by acknowledging all of his accomplishments. He sure could have, couldn’t he? From slaying the giant Goliath to having songs made about how great of a warrior he was, there would be much for him to be able to boast about. What he actually did was choose to acknowledge his reality: Who Am I? Who am I Lord that I am where I am? Who am I Lord that you brought me and my house this far? Remember, he was the last of 12 boys. His father Jesse was surprised when God was going to anoint him as king. He wasn’t according to the world’s eyes even supposed to be there…but God! He brought David to where he was and we see his response.
Listen, there are a few lessons for us here we can take away from the life of David and his response to the Lord:
1) Recognize that you truly are blessed- Maybe you find yourself in the midst of a tough season. Maybe you find yourself in a season of being on top of the mountain. Either way, recognize that you are blessed. Listen, you have life. What you have been given and where the Lord has brought you to is all a gift from Him. He has been gracious to us all. As a matter of fact, as a child of God we have the GREATEST gift; knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior.
2) Humble your heart and worship– Understand that we don’t deserve heaven but because of God’s love in sending His Son, He made a way for us when there was no way. We do not deserve the gifts He has given us, but by His grace and love He has given them to us. May our response be as David’s in that there is no one like the LORD God. May our response be humility and worship.
May we as Christians always be in awe of God’s work in and through our lives, and may our response be humble worship!
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord, who am I that You were mindful of me? I thank you for your love for me. May I choose to remember that you have been so good to me and may that lead me to worship you! Amen!
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.