5/12 2 Samuel 7:18

18 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?

David had brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and put it in a tent he had made for it. He told God he would build a house for the ark. The prophet Nathan told David that it was God who would build a house for David. The Messiah would be his descendant and would reign forever.

Unlike Saul before him, David had remained humble and obedient, at least to this point in his life. His response to the prophecy was to ask, "Why me?" He realized it was only grace and nothing that he or his family had done to deserve such an honor. Grace is hard to understand. We feel like we should deserve it, but paradoxically, the ones who are blessed to receive it are the ones that realize they don't deserve it.

It is this unmerited favor that causes our hearts to melt before His goodness. We don't deserve anything but judgment yet, over and over and over we see the blessing of God in our lives. If David was blessed to be an ancestor of the Messiah, how much more are we blessed to be a recipient of the saving work of the Messiah, Jesus! We can say with David, "Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?" And God is not done with us yet. He has much more in store. What a gracious and loving God! And His love births love in us to love Him and our neighbor.

Meditation: Think on how many blessings you have received to this point in your life and how unworthy you are to have received them. Think of the love that showered that grace upon you.