II SAMUEL 7:27-29: “For You, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, have revealed this to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found it in his heart to pray this prayer to You. And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant. Now, therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: Am I walking in the power of humility? Do I understand what it means to be “In Christ?” What is my concept of spiritual authority? How do I respond to the promises of God?
Throughout my Christian life, I have wrestled with these questions. I have witnessed the extremes of believers who live an anemic spiritual life to those who flaunt their faith and act almost like they are the source of power and strength. With all honesty, I have experienced both extremes in my life of faith.
However, the more that I read and meditate upon the Scriptures, the more I look at the great men and women of God revealed through the anals of Biblical history, the more I am drawn to one common trait that is true of them all. They were not mere cowards, nor were they super-saints. They were men and women of faith who discovered the…
POWER OF HUMILITY!
Moses was called the most humble man on earth. Paul referred to himself as a bondslave of Christ and gloried in his weaknesses wherein he discovered his true strength in Christ. David was a man after God’s own heart. David was a shepherd whom God had raised to be King of all Israel. It was the humility in David’s heart that made him truly great and allowed him to accomplish great things for the Lord.
- “And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant. Now, therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
David did not stand before the Lord with a sense of superiority when God proclaimed His promises over him. God promised David that He would establish his throne forever. God promised David that his son would rule in peace and build the Lord a house in Jerusalem. These were truly magnificent promises. I don’t know how I would have responded to them. Yet, David responded to the Lord with true…
David positioned himself under the Lord’s mighty hand with worship. David proclaimed the faithfulness and truthfulness of God’s Word. And, David surrendered to God’s purposes for his life trusting that what the Lord had promised He would fulfill.
- “…For You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
The entirety of II Samuel chapter 8 is a recap of all the victories that David experienced through the mighty hand of the Lord. He did not enter the battle trusting in his own strength. David proceeded in the power of humility, submitted to the plans and promises of God, and witnessed the power of God working through him as he battled his enemies. David was fully aware of where his strength came from.
David’s strength came from the POWER OF HUMILITY (a life fully surrendered to the promises and power of God)!
- “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” I Peter 5:6-11 NKJV
Lord, this morning I thank you for reminding me of the power of humility. All that I have is from You. The air that I breathe, the new day before me, and all of the promises spoken over my life are Your gift of mercy and grace. Remind me that the race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong. The race is run by faith through those who discover the…
POWER OF HUMILITY!
In Jesus’ Name!