Here we have one of the great prayers of the Bible. David has been asked to become King of Israel. And the author has framed David’s response. Here is a man who remembers his humble roots: "Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?” David wants to be the kind of King that remembers that all of life is lived in response to the call of God. This connects deeply with Israel’s Covenant with God. This prayer acknowledges that 'The LORD of hosts is God over Israel', and therefore the king (in this case David) needs to ask God’s blessing in order to be an instrument of the Lord’s rule over his people. This prayer admits that the king and the people need to recognize the Lord as their Divine Sovereign.
King David provides a prayer that is a timely reminder for all who would be in authority. There are many rulers – of nations, of institutions, and of families - who could do with using the words of David as a sobering reminder that all leadership is held in trust as a service to God.
Ordinary 19 / Pentecost +1241 Prayers and Promises
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 255.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.