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?”
2 Samuel 7:18, ESV
The prophet Nathan had just delivered to King David the most incredible word from the Lord. The word had begun with the Lord speaking of the past, about how He had taken notice of David when he was young and had plucked him from obscurity, choosing him as the future leader of all of Israel (“I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of my people Israel.” 2 Sam. 7:8b, NLT). Then He recounted to David all He had done, reminding him how He had been by his side every moment, fighting on his behalf and delivering him from his enemies (v. 9).
Surely these words made David’s heart beat faster and grow hotter as he remembered all that God had done for him. This would certainly have been enough to cause him to rejoice and be in awe of God’s intimate love and goodness for the rest of his days. And yet…
God wasn’t finished.
He went on to outline the fame He was going to bring to David’s name and family. He told him of His incredible plans for the future, plans that would originate with David and stretch into eternity, literally promising him an unending dynasty. God told David that his throne would be secure forever. This was a covenant – a promise that God could not and would not break. “Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.” 2 Samuel 7:16, NLT
After receiving this prophetic word from the Lord, David was so wrecked and in awe of God that he was compelled to go and speak with Him himself.
First of all – I love this. I love how David heard the God-words through a prophet, and therefore could have just said, “Wow! That’s amazing! Take my thanks back to the Lord for me, please…” But this is David we are talking about! The passionate lover of God couldn’t leave it at that. He needed to express his thanks to God one-on-one, not through an intermediary. And so, he immediately “went in” to sit before the Lord to pour out his heart.
And pour out his heart he did. This Scripture so beautifully expresses the heartfelt response to the words of the Divine being spoken intricately and intimately over a single human being. “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?”
God. Is. So. Personal. Sit down and think about it for a minute. Look at your life. No matter where you are standing, if you are reading these words, you are an absolute MIRACLE. Perhaps even the fact that you are reading these exact words today is evidence that God sees you and knows your every specific prayer and longing! Like David, God has plucked you out of obscurity. He’s come to you in the desolate fields where you have felt so alone, and He’s said, “I see you.” The God of the Universe, the Alpha and the Omega, the Creator of all…He sees you and He chooses you, He calls you by name (Is. 43:1) and He has placed a great and beautiful calling on your life (John 15:16; Romans 8:28; 1 Thess. 5:24).
So whatever your “thus far” is…wherever it is that you find yourself right now, whatever circumstance you may be walking through, plant your flag in that ground and rejoice, for it is God’s delight in you that has caused you to make it THUS FAR. And trust me (no – actually – trust the Word and the words He has spoken over you!), He is nowhere near being finished with your story.
And if you’re feeling weak, if you’re feeling less-than, if you’re feeling overlooked or like you don’t have the means or the skills for greatness – get excited, because you can be certain the Lord esteems you. Need proof? Here you go:
God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29, ESV
Even David’s story – KING David, David whose lineage would include JESUS – started with the choosing of the unseen and less-than over what the world deemed as worthy:
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him [David’s older brother, who seemed much more ‘kingly’ in the eyes of man]. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7, NLT
It’s your heart that matters. It’s your heart that counts. Not your stature, not your wealth, not your education, not your wit…your heart. And you – you, dear heart, the one sitting there on the other side of this screen – your heart is beautiful, and He chooses you.
I don’t want you to miss this. I don’t want you to walk away from here without a deeper understanding of God’s incredible love, so go with me and look at the next piece of David’s prayer of overwhelmed gratitude to see what he says next:
“And now, Sovereign LORD, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign LORD?”
2 Samuel 7:19, NLT
The ESV begins this verse with the words: And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord GOD… The way God had walked with David so intimately to bring him “thus far”, oh that was more than enough for a Sovereign, Almighty God to do for a human being. The way He has saved your life, the ways He has guarded and protected you, the way He has guided you, the people He has brought alongside you at just the right moments in time…these things are miracles and more than could ever be expected of the actions of the King of the Universe toward a human being.
And yet, He looks at you just as He looks at David, and says, “Getting you to this point was a small thing. Walking by your side up until now, oh it’s just the beginning. I have so much more yet planned for you.”
Well, I don’t know about you, but that about does me in. Because the revelation of His love that has carried me thus far already seems too much for someone as small and unworthy as me. But He’s just getting started. Oh. He’s just getting started.
1 Chronicles gives us glimpse at this exact same moment, this very same prayer, with some different words to yet better unfurl the wonder of the heart of God toward His children:
“And now, O God, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! You speak as though I were someone very great, O LORD God!” 1 Chronicles 17:17, NLT
It is simply divine grace that would come to someone lowly and small (which indeed is any human in comparison with God) and make them great. But how precisely this represents the heart of God! This vast grace sees not our failures and our weaknesses, indeed through Christ, this divine Grace sees only perfection. What wondrous love is this? A love that literally stoops down to make us great. And He says that even that is a small thing…so He continues to sow hope and promise into our futures, and into the generations coming after us. It is too too amazing.
I know what you might be thinking…so let me stop you right here. If you’re thinking, “Well, you don’t know who I really am. You don’t know what I have done. There’s no way He could love me like this after all the ways I’ve messed up.” Well let me tell you, you’re in good company. And I’m not just talking about me. David felt this way, too. In fact, in the very next portion of this prayer, he exclaims to God:
“What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord.”
2 Samuel 2:20, NLT
David knew there was nothing hidden from God. He knew that God knew everything about him – every wrong motive and thought, every sin, every bad attitude, and every failure. And yet, God was showing him this incredible kindness and outrageous love. He knows you, too, and sure, you’ve probably messed up – just like David did, just like I have. But when you get a revelation of God’s relentless love even after you’ve made mistakes, doesn’t it make the Love that much more astonishing? Doesn’t it make you stand even more in awe of your wonderful God?
And mostly – doesn’t it set you free in the wake of the understanding that none of this – the love God has for you, the plans He has for your life, the promises He has spoken over you, NONE OF IT - has to do with YOUR performance or stature, but instead has EVERYTHING to do with Who HE is?? See it here expressed in David’s prayer:
“Because of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known to your servant.”
2 Samuel 7:21, NLT
That’s the whole point of the Love of God. It is boundless. It is without condition. Because it is not based on who we are or what we have done. It is all rooted in and springing from and based on HIM ALONE.
Swim in the oceanic depths of this love today…His love simply, beautifully, specifically, passionately just for YOU.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast, unmeasured, boundless free,
Rolling as a mighty ocean
In its fullness over me.
Underneath me, all around me,
Is the current of Thy love;
Leading onward, leading homeward,
To my glorious rest above.
-O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus; S.Trevor Francis
“How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you. We have never even heard of another God like you!”
2 Samuel 7:22, NLT
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