David has finally become king of all Israel. God has just told him not to build a temple, but that He can continue to meet with the priests in the tabernacle.
David goes in the tent to speak with God and says:
Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God…. Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears…. And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O Lord, became their God…. For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you... Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever. 2 Samuel 7: 18-19a, 22, 24, 27, 29
I just came off of 3 1/2 days of a fabulous staff meeting at the ministry I lead. I totally related to David’s words. Our staff has come so far and we are starting to see some thrilling results of their work.
I am so aware that we have this amazing staff because God did it and we are watching amazing things happen in the ministry because God is doing it.
As I looked over the staff I lead, all I could think was, “Who am I, Lord, that You have called to this ministry these incredibly gifted, servant-hearted people? Who am I, Lord, that you are working in this ministry in such stunning ways?”
And we ALL knew that all of this was “a small thing” in God’s eyes – because there is nothing He can’t do!!
Our staff could all say of our God: “You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you!”
God has promised to David that He will “build” David’s “house,” that the family line of David will continue forever. David had the courage to pray for the blessing over his house, because God had promised it.
Today, Christians are part of David’s forever spiritual family.
So our staff had the courage to ask God add more members to the family through our volunteers’ evangelistic efforts. We had the courage to ask God to convict thousands of Christian women to share their faith – and come to our ministry to receive training to do so. And we asked God to touch the hearts of tens of thousands who don’t yet follow Jesus so that they start to seek Him.
In short, we had the courage to ask for revival, for the Spirit to conquer the land with His love.
David knew he didn’t accomplish anything: he asked “Who am I?” But he knew that the God of the Universe could do anything – that nothing is too big – and that He would certainly keep His promise to continue adding numbers to David’s forever family.
Dear Lord: Thank you for this inspiring and exciting week with our staff. Thanks for showing up. And thanks that there’s nothing You can’t do. Amen.