Saturday, August 26, 2017

Who Am I?

“Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that you have brought me till now?”  2 Samuel 7:18

God had just told David about some long term plans that included David and his house. This is David’s response. “Who am I? What is my house?” A response that should be elicited from us as we consider what God has promised us.

David was always humbled by God’s blessings, but also that God allows us to have a part in His work. As David and the people of Israel prepared for building the temple, this is what David has to say, “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able  to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of you, and of your own have we given you.” 1 Chronicles 29:14. How many times have we given to the Lord and felt like we had really sacrificed something. We gave something that belonged to us. Consider David’s attitude.

I found a similar response from others in scripture. “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which you have showed to your servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.” Genesis 32:10. This is Jacob’s response as he considers his life and God has brought him. It would be good for us to consider our life and where God has brought us to.

“And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”  Exodus 3:11. Moses, who previously thought he was going to liberate his people by his own strength, now recognizes he is not even worthy to be used by God. How could we ever be worthy of being used by the creator of the universe to bring about His purposes? How humbled we should be when God does uses us for His glory.

Paul was greatly used by God, and given great revelations. He could have boasted about his place as the apostle to the Gentiles. Instead, we read this: “To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;”  Ephesians 3:8.

When we consider what God has done for us, and what he has promised to us, we must react the same. Who am I? Unfortunately, sometimes, God’s people act like God owes them something. Like they have accomplished something on their own. They lose the sense of awe at God’s grace and mercy. May we, like David, sit in God’s presence and recognize, “who am I?.”

In eternity we will not be glorying in ourselves. Read Revelation 4:10-11.
Gordon Crook