David was finally established as king. “Now it came about when the king lived in his house, and the LORD had given him rest on every side from all his enemies, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, ‘See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells within tent curtains.’ And Nathan said to the king, ‘Go, do all that is in your mind, for the LORD is with you.'” ~ 2 Samuel 7:1-3
David desired to build a house for the ark, a temple for God Himself to dwell. But the word of the LORD came to Nathan the prophet that night, and God revealed His plans for David, and for his kingdom. I am only including a portion of God’s words here, but I encourage you to read the entire passage for yourself!
“‘Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be ruler over My people Israel. And I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like the names of the great men who are on the earth…and I will give you rest from all your enemies. The LORD also declares to you that the LORD will make a house for you. When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever…And your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”‘ In accordance with all these words and all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.” ~ 2 Samuel 7:8-9, 11b-13, 16-17
Isn’t that beautiful? God assured David that He had been with him, He was with him now, and He would be with him and his family forever. His throne would be established forever. We know that Jesus Christ fulfills this!
God also gently told David “no” to his desire to build a temple. Instead, David’s son would have that honor.
I love David’s response. Again, I am including only a portion; go and read the entire passage! 🙂
“Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, ‘Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that Thou hast brought me this far? And yet this was insignificant in Thine eyes, O Lord GOD, for Thou hast spoken also of the house of Thy servant concerning the distant future…For the sake of Thy word, and according to Thine own heart, Thou hast done all this greatness to let Thy servant know. For this reason Thou art great, O Lord GOD; for there is none like Thee, and there is no God besides Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears…Now therefore, O LORD God, the word that Thou hast spoken concerning Thy servant and his house, confirm it forever, and do as Thou hast spoken, that Thy name may be magnified forever, by saying, “The LORD of hosts is God over Israel”; and may the house of Thy servant David be established before Thee…And now, O Lord GOD, Thou art God, and Thy words are truth…'” ~ 2 Samuel 7:18-19a, 21-22, 25-26, 28a
What a glimpse into the heart of David! He “sat before the LORD”- he was intentional.
Instead of pouting that God had said “no” to his plans for building a temple, David praised God. “Who am I?”- he acknowledged that he was nothing before the very Creator of the universe. He thanked God for giving him the promises and assurances about the future. “There is no God besides Thee”, “There is none like Thee”- his heart was surrendered to the One True God, recognizing Who He is. “That Thy name may be magnified forever”- David desired that to God be the glory; in fulfilling His word, God would be glorified. “Thy words are truth”- he accepted God’s promises, God’s words, as the truth that they are.
Amen. So be it! Let it be so, in my own prayer life. May I be intentional, accept God’s “no”, praise and acknowledge Who He is, and desire that His will be done, for His glory.
And may we truly believe that “Thy words are truth”. 🙂