“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign Lord?” 2 Samuel 7:18-19
I love this prayer of David as he responses to Nathan’s report from God. David is amazed that God would bless him like this.
David never forgot where he came from. He had not been in line to become king, he had not even been the eldest son, yet God had taken him from looking after sheep to being king of His people. David knew this had happen only because God guided him, strengthen him and kept him safe from Saul. David also understood the Lord is Sovereign. Three times in this short passage he uses this term. Sovereign means ruler, that is, the One in charge.
I recently read this quote, “True gratitude registers surprise that God could be so good to us.” David’s response is one of surprise – “is this your usual way of dealing with man?”
Are we surprised?
Have we considered where we have come from? Do we understand who God is and what He has done for us? “Once you were not a people, but now you are people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (1 Peter 2:10). God has made many promises to us. He has guided, strengthened and protected us. He has spoken to us about a future home with Him. We deserve none of this yet God has chosen to lavish us with His many blessings.
God is immeasurably good to us. We ought to be surprised.