I Took Thee; I was With Thee; I Have Made Thee:

II Samuel 7:8-9 Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel: And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great [men] that [are] in the earth.

Consider the blessings that are found wrapped in these three statements of the actions of our God. God in His grace and providence takes believers, is with them, and makes them who He wants them to be. He takes them from obscurity in the wilderness and places them in authority in Christ.

He is with believers whithersoever they go for He has said I will never leave thee nor forsake thee. His presence goes with them and commands the victory. Any battles won must be because of the indwelling Savior. How many battles are lost because of a lack of knowledge and dependence upon His presence.

As Believers, we cannot make ourselves a name that will be great. Self aspiration to greatness is not a very stable platform. The earth has opened up on some who have tried it. How blessed to wait upon God in humility to have Him make us as great as He wants us, no more no less. Oh to be a great man for God only as He makes us so by His grace. The key to greatness is littleness. (I Samuel 15:17)

Consider the proper response to God’s working: Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? (Vs. 18)

A far cry to a man believing he got what he deserved. David knew himself and also that the Lord knew him better. What knowledge of underserved and unworthy reception of grace.

For thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant...(vs. 20)

May this cause us to exalt and magnify the name of our God and to seek His blessing. (vs. 22, 26, 28, 29)