The Shepherd King – Part 24 November 29, 2016

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?

2 Samuel 7:18-19

gratitude

In the verses just preceding these, the LORD had given David the amazing promise we saw in last week’s lesson:

The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you:  When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  I will be his father, and he will be my son…Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.  2 Samuel 7:11-14, 16

Look at David’s response to this outstanding promise of God to him:  He is humbled and He worships.

There is not the slightest hint of vainglory or self-exaltation; rather we see something profound about David in his spoken response.  Few passages give us such a clear perspective on the depths of David’s passion for the LORD.  All of the glory goes to God and David is deeply aware of why.

What more can David say to you? For You know your servant, O Sovereign LORD.  For the sake of Your word and according to Your will, have You done this great thing and made it known to Your servant.  How great You are, O Sovereign Lord!  There is no one like You, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.  2 Sam. 7:20-22

Have you ever been overwhelmed by the goodness of God in your life?  David was stunned by the promise God made to not just him, but his descendants as well.  What greater gift could God give any parent than the assurance that He will be with their children and their children’s children throughout their generations?  David is as overwhelmed with humility at the same time that he is stunned with the possibilities.

The only reasonable response in a moment like that is worship and praise.

Taking the gifts and graces of God for granted is inexcusable.  What have any of us received that did not come ultimately from God?  Whatever talent, skill, intelligence and wisdom we may have is a gift of God, pure and simple.  Assuredly, it is our responsibility to develop the gifts He has given us, but never at the expense of forgetting where the gift came from!  There truly is no such thing as a “self-made man”.

A few days ago, Americans celebrated Thanksgiving Day.  Should not every day be filled with thanksgiving?  His mercies are new every morning; great is His faithfulness, the scriptures declare.

Is your first thought on awakening to thank God for a new day? That you woke up in health, with a roof over your head, with food to eat and clothes to wear?

Those precious moments when we are overwhelmed, like David, with the goodness of God need to spill over into a daily attitude of thanksgiving.

Application:

How often do you thank God for His goodness to you? To your family?  Do you take your blessings for granted?  Everyone of us will do well to increase our attitude of gratitude on a daily basis, never having far from our thoughts that all we have is His loving gift.

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