In 2007, the Indianapolis Colts won the super bowl for the first time in over thirty years. Their coach, Tony Dungy, referenced the Lord and gave Him glory. He even said they won, “the Lord’s way.” In other words, they worked hard and trusted in God and didn’t take any shortcuts. They honored the Lord as they did their jobs. Tony Dungy remembered that he had not been exalted for his own sake, but for the Lord’s, to proclaim His name.
2 Samuel 5:12 NASB
“And David realized that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.”
Our verse yesterday reminded us that God gives us the ability to make wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). Today we learn of a man who recognized that truth. David, while he struggled to eventually make it to the throne, was a very successful king over Israel! He conquered surrounding lands and led the people faithfully in following and obeying the Lord. Our verse today reminds us that “David realized that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that [the Lord] had exalted [David’s] kingdom for the sake of [God’s] people” (2 Samuel 5:12).
I believe this is largely why the Lord continued to allow David to prosper as a king, because he continued to acknowledge the Lord as the ultimate authority and gave God all the glory. David also realized it was for God’s people, not because of anything within David that the Lord exalted his kingdom. It was for their sake, not his.
When things go well in your life, do you give the glory to God? Or do you think you had something to do with it? Do you think God exalts you as a leader for your own sake? Or for a higher purpose beyond you? As much as we’re tempted to think it’s because of us, it’s never because of us. God always exalts for His purposes—which are always much higher than ours. Of course, He loves us and wants to bless us, but it’s never only about us. Pray to remember that powerful truth in your life today.
This is an excerpt taken from my upcoming book: Applying God’s Word in Your Daily Life.