Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods? And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O Lord, became their God. And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken. And your name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.” II Samuel 7:18-29 ESV
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him? Psalm 8:3-4 ESV
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5 ESV
Have you ever seen a photograph of the earth taken from outer space? There are several photos of the earth like that nowadays, but the most famous one was taken in 1972 from the Apollo 17 rocket. Three astronauts were on that flight, and no one is sure which one took the picture that shows the earth as a beautiful blue marble in the sky. But the picture is unforgettable. It gives an amazing perspective of the planet we call home, and of how very small and insignificant we seem to be in the universe. When we see things like that, we are amazed to realize that God knows us and cares for us, even though we are a very small part of creation.
David had a similar feeling when God promised him that his kingdom would last forever. David wasn’t looking at himself through space, but instead he saw himself in time and history. People usually live fewer than 100 years, and time and history continue on for much longer. God pulled David back to see his place in the history of the plan of salvation. When God promised that David’s dynasty would last forever, David was amazed. “Who am I, and what is my house?” he asked. In the long sweep of time, David felt that he was very insignificant. He knew that God had given him this favor, not because he was great and powerful, but only by grace.
God set up David’s dynasty so he could bring the promised Savior into the world through it. Jesus was born from David’s line, and through Jesus David’s kingdom lasts forever. It took many, many years for the right time to come for God to send the Savior, but God was working through history to send Jesus when it was right. God has brought us into his saving plan by making us his people. We haven’t done anything to earn God’s love or favor, but God gives it to us by grace. He loves us through what Jesus did for us on the cross, and we can be sure of that even when time and history and the huge universe make us seem small and insignificant. God’s love is bigger than everything!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing love and grace that is bigger than all of time and space. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.