Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Our Identity and Privilege

2 SAMUEL 7:18-29 – 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? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods? And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O Lord, became their God. And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken. And your name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”


THEME OF THE DAY:  OUR IDENTITY AND PRIVILEGE.  Today’s nugget is a little different.  There is a whole lot more of God’s Words than mine, and that is far better for us!  But the reason for this is to remind us of two things; our identify before God because of salvation and our privilege that comes with salvation.


In today’s scripture, we need the whole prayer of King David to get today’s application.  As for the prayer itself, spend time going over and over it. It is wonderful as it reveals the humility of David, the greatness of God, the working of God toward His people, and two words repeated ten times reminding us of our identity and privilege as God’s children.


The two words David constantly offers to God in his prayer are “your servant.”  Go ahead and find the ten occurrences.  It is like David is constantly reminding himself before the Lord that he is called to serve his God; a call that is life-long.  And for us?  There is no such thing as a Christian who is not serving; not serving God’s people, not serving in the local church, and not serving the Gospel.  Salvation makes servants – For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11-13).


The question for us is . . . “May we pray like David to the Lord, ‘your servant’?”  The answer is “yes” only if we are actually living a servant life!


PRAYER: “Father, I praise You for not only being Your child, but also the privilege to serve You.”


QUOTE: “Salvation puts us in God’s family and also in His service. No Christian lacks service for God.”


Because of Him,


Pastor Jim