A Great Covenant
Jesus, You are the root and offspring of David, and I worship You as King over God's house forever.
2 Samuel 7:1-17
What has God promised to you?
David's motive to build a house for God was to recognize God's significance. David felt uncomfortable living in better-quality accommodation than God (2), but God never commanded a house of worship to be built for him. He cared much more about the quality of worship that his people offered him and the wholehearted love of their hearts.
Nathan immediately agreed with David's request (3) because it seemed to be a good idea and David was gaining a reputation as a wise king. However, that same night (4), God corrects Nathan. Instead, God promises that he will build a "royal house" for David, a dynasty to endure forever (11b-16). The special descendant of David will be the Son of God, Jesus, born in Bethlehem, home of David (1 Sam. 16:4).
We may have dreams to serve God which may not be in accordance with God's plan for our life. Rather than being disappointed with God's reaction to David's idea, David listened carefully to Nathan and laid aside his plan to build a house for God. The Temple which we read about later in the Old Testament was built not by David but by his son Solomon (1 Kings 5-8).
Pray that God will help you to listen to him better and to be prepared to follow him even if it means changing your plans.
Lord, my life is Yours. I know that You will make me great. I want only what You want, Lord. Be blessed in me.
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