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How far we’ve come
Posted on April 12, 2020  - By Leni B

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said, “Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” 2 Samuel 7:18

God had brought David all the way from pasture lands to the throne room, from humble beginnings to the one with whom He would form what we know today as the Davidic Covenant. In vv.11-16 of the same chapter, God issues His promise in the form of a declaration. Notice that while the blessings and curses of the Lord on David’s posterity might be conditional (v.14), God’s kingdom covenant was completely unconditional. The covenant rested on God’s faithfulness.

We saints, redeemed and brought into His marvellous light, are in a covenant relationship with our God. We have innumerable chances to taste and see the faithfulness and goodness of God. Can we look back at our lives and say, “O Lord, we’ve come so far!” Or do we have the inclination to only focus on how far we have to go? Would you praise God right now and sing with the songwriter:

Life’s been a journey,
I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret,
Oh and You have been my God
Through all of it

“Goodness” checklist

Focus on 2 Samuel 7:28: “O Sovereign LORD! You are God! Your words are trustworthy, and You have promised these good things to Your servant.”

There are three beliefs here that can help us:

  1. You are God. We know we have come “so far” when we can make the shift from our plans for God to God’s plans for us.
  2. Your words are trustworthy. We know we have come “so far” when we begin to want most what God has already offered us.
  3. You have promised good things to me. We know we have come “so far” when we are confident and sure that God only does us good.

We know we have come “so far” when we can make the shift from our plans for God to God’s plans for us

It is good to remember the “good” God does for us:

  • God’s will for us is good (Romans 12:2)
  • God’s purpose for us is good (Philippians 2:13)
  • God’s work in us is good (Philippians 1:6)
  • The hope God has given us is good (2 Thessalonians 2:16)
  • The works God created us for are good (Ephesians 2:10)
  • The fight God called us to win is good (1 Timothy 1:18-19)
  • The fruit God produces in us is good (James 3:17)
  • The gifts God gives us are good (James 1:16)
  • God equips us with everything good (Hebrews 13:21)
  • God works all things together in our lives for good (Romans 8:28)

King David broke out into praise in verse 22. Let us praise our God for bringing us “thus far” — “How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like You!”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, there is none like You. Thank You for Your faithfulness and goodness. You alone have brought me thus far in my journey. Lord, I entrust the rest of my journey to You too. Thank You for equipping me with everything good and for working all things together for my ultimate good. You are our good, good, Father and we are loved by You. Praise be unto Your most Holy Name. In the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Leni B

About Leni B

Leni B is a wife and mom to two teenagers, who loves the God of the Bible. Apart from ministering at home, she helps lead a Bible study for a small group of women as they study, and find strength from, God's infallible Word together.



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