[SW239] 07/08/2016 message notes by
Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2016
“Who Am I, Lord?”
The truth in the words I speak today is able to change this very day’s headlines. I pray you will have ears to hear and heed them today.
Are you and I able to build the Lord a house? No! But He will make you His house, if you ask Him. Then you will cry with King David, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far?”
Text: 1Chronicles 17
Verses 1-2 — David wanted to build the Lord a house, and his seer, Nathan, said God was with Him to do it. The Lord had always shown David favor.
Verses 3-4 — Then the word of God came to Nathan, as well as a vision (see verse 15). “You shall not build a house for Me to dwell in.” Why would the Lord not want David to do such a God-honoring thing?
Verses 5-9 — The Lord recounted how He had never asked for a house, and did not need one. He recounted how He had favored, honored and blessed David and all Israel. He took David from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader of His people Israel. He took David from humble beginnings and made him a king. He gave him victory over his enemies.
Verse 10 — He would continue to subdue all of David’s enemies. But beyond that, the Lord wanted to build a house for David, a kingdom of his descendants that would last forever. And indeed, it was through David’s lineage that the Christ would come.
Verses 12-13 — And the throne of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, would be established forever by His Father!
Verse 17 — David knew this word from the Lord was, “for a great while to come,” that is, far into the future. David confessed that He had no honor of his own, but that it was the Lord who had bestowed honor upon David as a gift. It was not anything that David worked in his own power.
Verse 18 — What more could David say? The Lord did everything, and would do everything regarding the building of David’s kingdom, so that God’s own Son would take the position of King of kings and Lord of lords. It was a great honor for the Lord to show David the kingdom of God!
Verses 23-24 — Let it be done as you have spoken. Because You will do it, Your name will be established and magnified forever.
David’s question reflects the true humility of his heart. Out of his love for the Lord, he wanted to honor the Lord by building a house for Him. But the Lord showed David that He would build a house for David, a house beyond all he could think or imagine.
And so David humbly said, “Who am I, Lord? I can relate!
Who was I, Lord, to try to do it myself, even when my motive is to honor You?
I wanted to build myself into a temple for You . . .
But You were the One who healed me and gave me victory over Satan. I could not do it.
And I could not build myself into your temple.
So I said, “I yield — You build!” And you made me a living stone, and You began to build . . .
1Peter 2:4-5 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
I wanted to prepare a place for You . . .
But You are preparing a place for Me, so where You are, I am also (John 14:2-3, 17:24).
And even now, You made me Your dwelling place, until that day (John 14:23). You filled me up with Yourself and established Your kingdom within me (Luke 17:21)!
Let me go back further into my past, Lord —
I was far from You . . .
But You brought me near (Ephesians 2:13)
I say that I found You . . .
But the truth is, You found me (Luke 15:6).
I did not choose You, but You chose me (John 15:16).
I was dead . . .
But You made me live again (Luke 15:32)
I sought Your face . . .
But You made me hungry for You (Matthew 5:5)
I was a sinner, inside and out . . .
But You made me a saint when You filled me with Your Holy Spirit and cleansed me, inside and out (Acts 15:9).
And here’s what preceded Your making me a house for You —
I hungered to know You intimately . . .
But it was You who paid the price on a cross, to make that intimacy possible (Philippians 2:8).
I had only human love . . .
But you filled me with Your love (Romans 5:5).
I sought to know You through Your Word . . .
But You filled me with Your Spirit, and He illuminated it so I could know you more and more deeply.
I had no power to speak and walk like You . . .
But You gave me Your power to do it when You filled me (Acts 1:8).
I had no fruit of the Spirit . . .
But You filled me with Yours (Galatians 5:22-24).
And then —
I was unworthy of honor . . .
But You made me worthy of a crown in heaven (Revelation 4:10), one
that I will gladly cast down at Your nail-scarred feet, to honor You.
I had nothing about me that was of eternal value . . .
But You made me part of a royal priesthood — both a king and a priest for You.
The operative words in all of these statements are “But You.”
Lord, You did what I could not possibly do! What can Susan say? What can any of us say, in whom You have done these great things?
I often hear Christians say, “I have to try to love more. I have to try to be a better Christian. I have to try to keep myself pure for God. I have to try not to sin.”
You cannot do these things, beloved, even when your motive is to honor God. You cannot build yourself into His house.
But He make you His house, if you ask Him.
Christianity is not a dry, dead, system of beliefs, with many outward rules and regulations. It is literally life from the dead, reconciliation with God the Father through God the Son.
And then —
He purifies you so you love Him only.
He fills your heart with His love when He fills your heart with the Holy Spirit.
He establishes a 24/7 connection so you hear what the Father is saying and say it, and see what the Father is doing, and do it.
He puts heaven in your soul!
He provides you with the power to walk as Jesus walked!
Do you know His house-building is for His glory, and that you will be blessed forever before the Lord (1Chronicles 17:27)? Ask Him now!
Let Your name be magnified, O Lord! Be glorified by what You have done, are doing, and will yet do!