A Humble Heart Like David
I was reading recently in I Chronicles. Chapter 17 captured my heart. In this chapter, David expresses the desire to build a house for the Lord. Nathan the prophet gives his okay, but that night God spoke to Nathan a word to share with David. The answer to David building the temple was “no”; David was not to be the one for the task. One of his sons would be the one to eventually build the temple.
God reminds David in the word: “I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name like the names of the greatest men on earth.” Wow!
And then, God says, instead of David building a house for HIM, God Himself would build a house for David! Basically, a lineage: “When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.”
Not only is this speaking to what would later be revealed as Solomon’s reign, but it is also prophetic in nature about what would be Jesus’s reign—which is forever and ever.
David’s response is what gets me. David, overwhelmed by God’s favor and promises, provision and protection responds in this way: “Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”
Already my heart is undone. The humility in David’s response…he understood his own unworthiness and lowliness (Psalm 8:4) and was so deeply humbled by God’s grace upon His life. But he continues: “And as if this were not enough in your sight, my God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, Lord God, have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men. What more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant,Lord.”
I think what captures my heart at every turn is the relationship between God and David. God loved David so very much, and David understood this—that the God of the universe not only loved him but had chosen him and called him out from among men, and David’s heart was melted by this knowledge. He says:
“There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you…” And, “You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. You, Lord, are God!”
Please, if you will, make the time to read I Chronicles 17 in its entirety this week. It is so beautiful. My heart’s cry in reading it this week is, “Lord, please draw me closer to You. I want to know you more…like David knew you. I want to have a humble and grateful heart like he did, and I desire to know you in such a deep, personal, and intimate way like he did. Make my heart so very soft like his.”
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