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