Saturday, April 25, 2009

Biblical response to blessings and praise

The Lord made a covenant with David to give him among many things an enduring legacy. To this revelation, to this blessing from God, David replied:

1 Chronicles 17
16 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? 17and this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant's house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations, O Lord God! 18And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant. 19For your servant's sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things........
Shouldn't this also be our constant response to the goodness of God given to us? Shouldn't we be more humbled each and every time God blesses us. Shouldn't we respond likewise to the praise of men? You might say 'praise of men?. What does this have to do with the praise of men?'. Well since you asked, if men see grace in us and commend us for such, this too is a mighty gift of God since what may be praiseworthy of our lives is owing completely to the grace of God.
We should ever live in such a humble reality, such a 'by the grace of God, I am what I am' mentality. Such a 'what do you have that you haven't received' mentality.
The question isn't whether you love, like, use or preach such verses, the question is do you live by them? The answer is in your response to praise or to blessings, or for that matter it's also connected to your response to the LACK of praise or specific blessings!
Do you respond with a 'Well I did earn it, I put a lot of effort into that!', 'All they could say was 'NICE'? Don't they realize the expertise it takes to exegete that passage? They don't know how good they got it!', 'When is it going to be my turn to be blessed?' or 'Hmph, not exactly what I was hoping for, but thank you, God anyways'.
Let us return to a humbled awe at the goodness of God, to such as us!

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