When I read David’s prayer in 1 Chronicles 17:16-27 recently, it resonated with me.
Then King David went in and sat before the LORD, and he said: “Who am I, LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?”
I admire David as he lists in the next verses the amazing things God has done for him, a lowly shepherd boy. His heartfelt prayer challenges me to review the ways God has blessed me, far more than I ever dreamed possible. I’m sure each of us could make our own list of blessings. Here’s mine.
Who am I, LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
It was You who gave me hardworking young parents – the third or fourth generation of believers in their families – who took me to church, where I learned about You.
LORD, thank you for the fun our family had (and still has) singing together and/or playing instruments. Thank You for a sister and three brothers who were/are kind, loyal, and fun-loving friends who follow You and, yes, are talented musicians. Thank You for a warm extended family.
Through my childhood, it was You who protected our family as we moved often and lived not only in western, mid-western, and eastern states but also on the island of Guam.
LORD, I relished the opportunity for a college education, where I studied nursing, joined the band, and met a wonderful man who was the answer to my prayers (and my mom’s and my grandmother’s prayers!) for a God-fearing and loving husband. He also turned out to be hardworking, generous, patient, and an attentive father. Thank you for his many gifts and interests, including music.
As if that weren’t enough, You gave me two daughters and a son, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters, and three grandsons, each of whom is inquisitive, talented, and yes, musical.
Through the years, it was You who led and protected our family as we lived in Asia, Europe, and Africa. In every new place You led us to churches where the Word was preached and where we learned to know You better, found new friends who loved You, and got involved in serving You.
You’ve looked out for my family and me no matter what’s happened, LORD. When I doubted You and pulled away from the faith, You remained faithful. Through hard times – disappointment, failure, heartache, and loss – You’ve been with me. I don’t understand why my family has suffered so much pain, but You do.
LORD, You’ve been with me in times of celebration, too, for You are the ultimate source of joy. Without You, I’d have no hope for the life to come, for mercy, for all things to be made right. You give meaning to life. Who am I, LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be glory, because of your love and faithfulness. (Psalms 115:1)
Thanks for stopping by today, fellow pilgrims. Which prayers in the Bible have touched you?
Posted on August 18, 2015
6 thoughts on “David’s Prayer in 1 Chronicles 17:16-27”
Yes, we are blessed and need to rehearse our blessings, not just at Thanksgiving.
Thank you for modeling a helpful way to respond to scripture. Your list of blessings prompted me to be reminded of my list as well.
I appreciate your reading my blog, Carolyn and Diane. Your comments encouraged me.
It is always a privilege for us to read your blog. We are proud of you and enjoy your thoughts and comments. In this blog we were impressed with your review of the many things for which you are thankful and the careful attention to giving God the glory in every way every time. We are blessed to have children that respond to the love of God. As has been said many times we are blessed far more than we deserve, to God be the glory, and to God be praise forever and ever!
Mom & Dad
Thanks for supporting my writing efforts, Mom and Dad!
To God be the glory great things he hath done!!!
We praise You and thank You for Your Love Mercy Grace, a bit of awareness of Your Power Creativity Sovereignty Wisdom and Justice; Now we thank You for Refreshment in Spirit and in Body, for Inspiration and Ambition to harmonize with You, with other Believers as we go about sharing Your Love each day!
In Jesus Name,