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Who You Are

03 May 2010

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 2; Matthew 20

Scripture:

You’ve done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are—out of your very heart!—but you’ve let me in on it. (2 Samuel 7:21 MSG)

David’s kingdom was established. His enemies were defeated, his neighbors were at peace with him, his city was secure, his palace was completed. The Ark of God’s Presence was at rest in the Tabernacle just down the street, with worship happening twenty four hours a day, seven days a week! David was so thankful he wanted to build a magnificent house for God to show his appreciation.

After a brief false start when Nathan the prophet assumed the project was a “go,” God spoke to David and reminded him of his humble shepherd beginnings and that who he was and where he was had been entirely God’s doing. God reminded David that what he wanted was his thanks and appreciation, not a big kingly repayment project.

David was overwhelmed with God’s grace and goodness to him and in this prayer of praise, he acknowledged that God had blessed him not because of what David had done or who he was, but because of who God is.

I’m in a great season of life, a season begun with the realization over the past couple of years that God loves me unconditionally as a Father loves his son. I know, you’re thinking, “Hey, I’ve known that all along! What took you so long to catch on?” Well, I’ve known it intellectually, but am only recently beginning to joyfully and thankfully grasp the reality that God loves me not because I am good, but because he is good. And I’m realizing that he loves me just as I am, not as I should be (because I’ll never be just as I should be!)

I hope that realization has dawned in your own heart and that your relationship with God is becoming more and more a trusting child’s relationship with an unconditionally loving Father, who loves us because of his goodness, not ours.

Prayer:

Father, Thank you that your love for me and my friends depends not on our goodness but on your goodness. Thanks that your blessing is not because of who we are but who you are. Thanks for your goodness and faithfulness and for loving us and letting us in on the blessing that flows from your heart. Amen.

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