Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 17
There’s a cool glimpse at the heart of David and the heart of God in these verses. David sets out in the beginning to build a house for the Lord, saying, “I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” He was contrasting his own conditions of living with the current place of the Lord. We can see that David’s heart was inclined to honor God even with his resources. He couldn’t bear that God’s dwelling had to be made among tents while he himself was living in a fortified house of cedar. I think it’s cool that we get to see a bit of how David truly aimed to give everything to the Lord; his desires in this moment were selfless and aiming to please the Lord; ours should be too. What’s even greater is God’s response. Of course God doesn’t need David to build a house for him. God doesn’t need anything that David has. Yet, he allows David to aspire to bring the Lord honor at any cost. All this time, God has a plan; God is going to show his own heart. David has surrendered to bring this sacrifice of praise to the Lord. His heart is bowed down to honor him. God shows then that his plans are higher than David’s, his giving is greater than David’s, and his heart is kinder than David’s.
The Lord’s response is a covenant with his servant, David. He responds to David with words that reestablish his authority, his character, and his love. God is such a loving Father. He knows our needs and meets them for us. Isn’t it beautiful to see, when we look back over the course of our days, that every need we’ve had has been met? It’s astounding—God is a gracious, good God. He never lets go or makes us walk alone. God’s answer through Nathan to David is at first a reminder of the Lord’s provision. He gives him a lesson in who he is. The Lord’s response is a beautiful account of how God hasn’t needed his people to build him or give him anything, but instead, it’s his own mighty hand that established David and his people. It’s his own hand that provided every step of the way. He recalls the times when the people desperately needed the Lord and of course, he came through for them. The next part of God’s response is awesome. He continues to speak as a loving Father over David. Not only doesn’t he need David to build him a house, or need David’s provisions, but now he answers David’s offering with an offering, or covenant, of his own: “I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house,” (v. 10). He goes on as we know to illustrate how he will build up a name for David through many descendants, and among those descendants will be One who will establish his kingdom forever. God is referring first to David’s son, Solomon, who will carry out the plans to build the temple, but more importantly, God is referring to Jesus, the Son of God, who is also from the bloodline of David, who will build his kingdom, reigning with the Father and in the hearts of his people.
God is a good God, a loving Father, and eternal King. His ways are higher than ours. He is all we need. Trust in him like David, knowing that even all of our righteous acts are like filthy rags in comparison to the great, beautiful, masterful plan and works of our Father.
Posted by: Taylor Gilliam, worship intern, west campus