A Humble and Grateful Response
As great as David was, he was only human. He shows here, though, the heights to which human reason and character can go in worshiping and rightly esteeming God.
Some people seem to think that God is lucky to have them on His “side”. They think that because they have accumulated wealth or popularity or have won in sports, politics or achieved a good education, that they are a gift to God. It is dangerous to think that we are anything to God. Yes, He loves us enough to die for us, but that is because of His nature and image within all people, not because of our own effort.
Some even take this further and esteem other people as more valuable, even leading to worship of personalities with charisma and gifts.
But God wants above all for us to rest in Him and trust in Him. We can do nothing outside of Christ. We have nothing that God didn’t give us. It is a grave error to take the gifts God gives and then act as if we are doing God a favor when we serve Him. It will not end well with people who rely on their own strength or the power of worldly, human or supernatural entities. Christ is all we need.
It is inspiring to me to examine David’s repeated emphasis on his own small part and God’s greatness. We are not worthless and need never think we are. Jesus cared enough about us to die for us so we are worth His life to God!
However, unless we continue to give God the glory, praise, honor and worship He deserves, we will miss a lot of the blessings He has for us. If we trust in ourselves, we will be limiting what God can do in our lives. If, on the other hand, we listen to God, seek His will and face at all times, obey Him, trust in Him and take time to repeatedly and constantly praise Him, we will be fit vessels for His great works.
David was a great man, but his son was destined to do even greater things in many ways and his offspring generations later, Jesus Christ, would be the supreme and perfect ruler. This assures that David’s line will reign forever not because of David’s great accomplishments but because he let God be His guide, not his own desires, ideas or worldly pressures. May God help us to be humble and grateful in all we do, always giving all glory to Him.