“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” (Psalm 8: 3, 4)
David, the shepherd of the sheep, often gazed at the vast world and sky and marveled. The creative power of Almighty God is overwhelming when considered. When a man stands before the glory and majesty of God and His creation with eyes wide open, he cannot help but prostrate fall. Such a man can only breathlessly exclaim, “What is man that You are mindful of him; that You visit him?”
It is the most humbling experience to be naked before our Creator. Fig leaves do not suffice. Perhaps that is the reason so many insist on dismissing Him from the creative process and even refuse the considering. They keep their eyes wide shut. Proud hates humble.
Later, we find King David nearing the end of his life. He has made the final preparations for the temple to be built. The grand old king asks once more, “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You.” (1 Chronicles 29:14)
Who David was, was a man after God’s own heart. Upon rejecting the prideful Saul from being king over Israel, the Lord said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” (Acts 13:22) David was not a perfect person, but he was a humble person. Even on the journey from lowly shepherd to exalted king, he remained humble.
King Saul started small as well and did well when he was small. He did not stay that way. As he grew in position and power, he became proud. “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) Saul fell. His life has become a sad object lesson.
Another King would later arise to rule the then known world in Babylon. His name was Nebuchadnezzar. This pagan king “was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. The king spoke, saying, ‘Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?’” (Daniel 4:28-30) The Bible says while Nebuchadnezzar was still speaking those words, “a voice fell from heaven: ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you!’” (v. 31) God resists the proud.
Our present day world has grown more and more inundated with Saul’s and Nebuchadnezzar’s. In the political arena, academia, the media, the entertainment industry, many in the sciences (what passes for science nowadays), and certainly scads of such in the workplace. Even the church has some of these type kings. The Apostle Paul told us in the last days this would occur. (See 2 Timothy 3:1-9)
The fact is, folks; the David’s are becoming harder and harder to find. I guess the best question to ask ourselves is – is there a David in my mirror? Yes? Really? One of the first things pride does is blind the proud. Maybe we should look again. No fig leaves. Just God’s splendor and our squalor. Two knees and a floor. Considering. “Who am I?” Which king am I like?