August 18 Life at Its Best

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 7

Key Verse: 2 Samuel 7:18

King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?”

David was stunned by Nathan’s announcement. God was crafting a divine covenant with the former shepherd that exceeded David’s fondest hopes. His household and the people of Israel would reap of God’s extraordinary beneficence.

The king and warrior was overcome with gratitude: “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that Thou hast brought me this far?” (2 Sam. 7:18 nasb).

In a different sense but of far grander import, God has formed a covenant with each believer in Christ. It is the new covenant of forgiveness of sin and the gift of God’s righteousness. The incredible blessings of life in Christ, eternal and abundant, are inextricably bound up in this profound new relationship with deity.

This new life in Christ—a new beginning, a new perspective, a new destiny, a new power—is the only context to define life at its best. It does not get any better than intimate fellowship with our Guide and Sustainer, Jesus Christ.

Our response, when we ponder the immense weight of “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3 nasb), should mimic the awe and wonder of David. Who are we that God has chosen us to know and enjoy Him?

Don’t gauge your level of success or satisfaction by materialistic criteria. You live in a covenant relationship with the Savior and King.

Father, who am I that You have chosen me to know and enjoy fellowship with You? I am overwhelmed by the privilege of my covenant relationship with You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 241). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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