The Living Water C.A.C Daily Devotionals
Date: Monday 8th, July 2019
READ: 2 Samuel 7:8,9
2 Samuel 7:8-9 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:
And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.
MEMORISE: Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel'” (2 Samuel 7:8)
Greatness is not an endowment from the devil, as some people presume, but from God. It is almost becoming a theory today that you cannot become “somebody” if you would not eat human flesh and blood. Only that they had been given over to a debase mind (Rm. 1:28). God hates human sacrifice, not to talk of consuming human flesh and blood for any reasons. It is an act of wickedness (cf. Gen. 4:10; Lev. 17:11-14).
Today’s text shows that God appreciates the fact that there are men and women He allows to be great among His creatures. No one becomes great by his/her own power, strength or ability (cf. Zech. 4:6). God’s grace, glory and greatness make one great (cf. Psa. 75:6).
As part of God’s message to David, when He covenanted with him in 2 Sam. 7, He told David, ‘I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel’ (v. 8). God made his name to be great, and granted him a place among the mighty in the world. David acknowledged and appreciated this gesture. Imagine a shepherd boy from a lowly and obscure background, rising from the dunghill, to become the king of Israel.
A man who is the very centre of God’s will easily enjoys God’s greatness. David’s regard for God made him very great. Also, Joseph became lord in Egypt, because he feared God. God also made Jesus great for His unmatched obedience to, love for, and loyalty to the Father. Never you be like Sennacherib, Nebuchadnezzar, Betsshassar, and Herod who thought they became ‘great’ and were sustaining such greatness with their own powers. The almighty God clipped their wings. Humble yourself under God’s mighty hand and you shall be highly exalted beyond all imaginations (1 Pet. 5:6).
1. O Lord, help me to wholly give myself to Your will, so that in due season, You will elevate me according to Your eternally good will.
2. Lord, deliver people who have chosen to seek greatness the devil’s way.
3. Lord, let Your love and truth saturate the hearts of our leaders and the led in our nation.