Exalted by God
1 Chronicles 17:16-17
“Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men, O LORD God.”
When the people wanted a king over them, the Lord told Samuel to anoint Saul as King. After Saul proved unworthy of the honor, God turned to David. Far from the eyes of his family and friends, David had been quietly developing His walk with the Lord. He was far from perfect (just read his story in 2 Samuel) but He loved the Lord and was devoted to the Lord’s purpose. That was one of the things that caused him to stand out from many of the men whose names are recorded in the Bible. So, when God needed a man to shepherd His people, He turned to the one who had walked quietly before Him with a passionate and obedient heart. He always exalts the obedient and faithful heart.
There is a certain reciprocity that takes place when we put the things of God first, when we love and honor Him above all else. In Proverbs 8:17, the Lord says: “I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.” In James 4:8 the Spirit reminds us, “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” In 1 Samuel 2:30 the Lord declares, “Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained.” When we commit ourselves to God, there is always an immediate response from Heaven that multiplies back to us many times over the simple acts of worship, of obedience, of faithfulness. When we honor His house, He blesses our house. When we are passionate about Him, He causes the door to His presence to be always open to us. When we exalt Him, He lifts us up.
David, full of wonder and awe at the graciousness of God, was moved to ask: “Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign Lord? [2 Samuel 7:19]. Yes, that is His way of dealing with us.
I tell you, when we turn our hearts to God, when we hunger for Him more than anything else, something powerful stirs within His heart and He will rise to bless us, to honor us, to give us the desires of our heart, to build our house. And He makes the same promise to us that He made to David: I will never take my love away from you (1 Chronicles 17:13).
Let’s make it our life’s abiding purpose to love and serve this awesome God who has revealed Himself to us in Christ, to see to it that His name is ever glorified and honored in us.