2 Samuel 7:18-19 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign Lord?”
I really like the turn of phrase in this passage in the NIV. It makes it clear how thoroughly David was blown out of the water by the prophecy Nathan had spoken to him. It shows two things in particular: David was fully convinced of God’s reality, as Someone who would speak individually to him, and he was genuinely humble before God, understanding that he could not have done all he had accomplished in life without Divine intervention. We know all about David’s descendants, but at this point he was the very first king of his dynasty, and he was nothing more than the youngest son of an unexceptional farmer/herdsman/landowner. In other words, he wasn’t overly impressed with himself, but he knew that God was God. That’s an excellent way to be! If we are focused on ourselves, we will have a badly distorted view of reality, regardless of whether it leads to conceit or to self-loathing or an inferiority complex. Even if we aren’t completely self-centered, if we fail to focus on God we won’t understand that He is more than capable of using us, regardless of what we are like at any given moment. Since He created the universe, He can re-create us into servants, children who will do His will for His glory. That’s what Paul was talking about when he said, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) The less there is between us and God, (a veil, in Paul’s expression) the more we are transformed to be like Him. That’s certainly something to aim for!
I am very much aware that life on this earth is a process, a journey rather than a destination. I find myself singing the old Spiritual, “This world is not my home; I’m just a-passing through.” The joy is, I do know that because of what Christ did for me, heaven is indeed mine, and that puts everything on earth into perspective. Like David, I am sometimes blindsided by God’s grace toward me. It’s not like I deserve it! I can honestly sing Chris Christopherson’s song, Why Me, Lord? As that song says, “What have I ever done to deserve even one of the blessings you gave?” I am quite susceptible to distractions, to taking my eyes off of my Lord, and when I do that I can really go off on a tangent. I don’t want to do that! I want to maintain my sense of wonder at the goodness of my Lord, however hard my immediate path. I want to remember that every good and perfect gift comes from Him, (James 1:17) and apart from Him I can do nothing. (John 15:5) If I will do that, I will have peace and joy as I walk with Him, both now and throughout eternity.
Father, thank You for this reminder. Help me indeed be like David in this attitude, but keep me from the mistakes he made as well, so that I may not bring shame to the Name of Christ, but rather bring You glory. Thank You. Praise God!