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? 1 Chron 17:16
I love this passage. It not only shows the graciousness of God but it also gives us a glimpse of David’s heart.
David is finally king – after years of running from Saul, he is finally enthroned in the palace. Which got him thinking about the ark in the tabernacle. Why is he in the palace while God is in a tent?
David offered to build a house of cedar for God. Nathan the prophet thought that was a splendid idea, too and gave David the go ahead. However, God put a stop to it. Imagine that, God said no! I’m sure it surprised David because what he wanted to do was a good thing. How can God say no? David Guzik quoting Spurgeon said: It shows that David humbly accepted God’s “no” when he wanted to build the temple. “There are some professors who would do a great thing if they might, but if they are not permitted to act a shining part they are in the sulks and angry with their God. David when his proposal was set aside found it in his heart not to murmur, but to pray.”
Seeing his heart, God turned it around and revealed an even better plan. “David, how about I build your “house?” Not one made of wood or concrete but something that lasts forever.” Guzik further said, “God did not want the earthly house built until the spiritual house was promised and established. The more important house had to be in place first, and that house was the dynasty that would result in the throne of God’s Messiah.”
Isn’t that always the case? When God says “no” He has something much, much better!
When David heard that, oh, can you blame him for asking that question? Who am I Lord and what is my house that you have brought me thus far?
When we come to the point of asking Who am I?, we find the answer in who God is.
(picture courtesy of http://www.servant.org/)
It is because of God’s characteristics that we are where we are, Think back to how far God has brought you – from last year, last month, even last week. Doesn’t it make you want to fall down like David and worship Him?
Heavenly Father, we are overwhelmed with your goodness and your everlasting grace. You are merciful and always faithful. Sometimes Father we don’t know what we have done to deserve such grace. Who are we, indeed, that You would send Your Son to die for our sins? We humbly accept Your Gift and thank You! Without You we are nothing. May our lives glorify You from now until the day You call us home. Amen!
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]