Are you familiar with the expression: “The giver gets the glory?” Consider a time when you presented someone with a gift. Perhaps you shopped, considered, and thought tediously about what to give. Finally you make a decision on what seems to be the perfect gift. You wrap it nicely and wait for the best time to present it to the recipient. Now, the true fun begins! They slowly unwrap the package, overwhelmed that you thought of them in the first place. Then they are overcome with excitement and gratitude when they see the present. What a feeling of joy and happiness that you experience in giving such a thoughtful gift. The giver gets the glory!
In 2 Samuel 8, we come upon a time in David’s reign as King when he is experiencing overwhelming success. We have learned that God has given him “rest on every side from all his enemies (2 Sam. 7:1).” God has promised to make for David “a great name, like the names of the great men who are on the earth (7:9).” In 2 Samuel 8, our sermon text this week, we find God keeping His promises. David has defeated the Philistines, Israel’s arch enemy; the Moabites; Hadadezer; the Arameans; and the Edomites. Thus, “David reigned over all Israel; and David administered justice and righteousness for all his people (8:15).”
The giver gets the glory. The narrator wants to make sure the reader understands that “”the LORD helped David wherever he went,” as it is mentioned twice in chapter 8 alone. We get a glimpse that David understands that his success is a gift of God when the King of Hamath brings articles of silver, gold and bronze to David (8:10). David “dedicated these to the LORD with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations which he had subdued…” David gives the giver the glory!
How about you friend? “What do you have that you have not received? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it (1 Cor. 4:7)?” How does God receive glory for the gifts He sovereignly brings into your life? Is your heart full of thankfulness for these gifts, or is there an insatiable thirst for more? Is your life centered on the giver, or have you been blinded by the gifts?
All glory be to the Giver!