David remained humble, recognising God’s hand in his life.
v 18. Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed, “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?
David seems to be genuinely amazed that God had brought him from being the lowly shepherd boy, the youngest in his family, to be the King of Israel. I don’t feel this is simply a pious expression but an acknowledgement that God had done something extraordinary in his life. He hadn’t worked his way up through the ranks, as it were, (even although he was recognised as a special soldier during Saul’s reign) but God had promoted him beyond all expectations. Some of us may have experienced a similar feeling, asking ourselves about our work, or our family life, ‘How on earth did I get from where I started to where I now am? Surely it is God’s doing!’
Whatever our position in life this is a good place to start as we pray. God h
as carried me through from where I was to where I now find myself. It is this humility in prayer that expresses our total dependence on God.