Today’s Reading: 1 Chronicles 11-13
Today’s Reflection: 1 Chronicles 11:9
And David became greater and greater, for the Lord of hosts was with him.
1 Chronicles 11 begins with David being anointed king at Hebron and goes on to follow as he takes control of Jerusalem and rebuilds the city, setting the stage for it to become the centre of Israel’s worship. Then the word says David became greater and greater because God was with him.
We look at David, see his magnificent exploits—defeating Goliath in battle, leading the armies of Israel, forming his elite fighting force: David’s mighty men, defeating the Philistines again and again, evading Saul’s murderous rage, and ultimately becoming king of Israel. It’s easy to think these accomplishments made him great. But going back to his anointing, when he was just a young shepherd boy, given little regard by his father and brothers, God saw the potential for greatness in him. Because David devoted his way to God, the Lord was with him, both as a lowly shepherd and in his ascension to the throne.
Long before David became what we know as great, he was already great because he was with God.
We live in a world that worships celebrity, achievement, acclaim, fame and notoriety. It’s easy to equate these things, many of which few of us will ever achieve, with greatness. But David’s example shows us something else. Simply by devoting our way to God, by letting Him guide our paths, God can make us great. Our greatness may be the fame of a king, or it may be the quiet sacrifice of a widow giving all she has to God’s service (Luke 21:1-4), something unnoticed by all except God Himself. Either way the secret to greatness lies in a closer walk with God.
2 Chronicles 1:1 – Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.