Today you should read: 2 Samuel 7
Have you ever had good intentions but it just was not what was actually needed at the time. I have this happen to me from time to time with my wife. The example that comes to mind is at dinner time. My wife is very serving and is also very neat and tidy. I tend to be a bit of a slow eater and there are times when she is putting dinner in Tupperware before I am actually done eating. She is trying to be a servant but the timing is off. We start out the passage today with a similar reaction from David. He wanted to honor God by building a temple for the Ark of the Covenant. Nathan, his advisor even endorses it. Honestly, who wouldn’t endorse this idea? David was trying to honor and glorify God and what could be better? Yet, this was not God’s plan for David. So what can we learn from this chapter?
1. Even when we try our best to glorify God in our decision making we may still not get it right. David was a man who was after God’s own heart and there is nowhere in this passage that indicates a sinful attitude toward God and his plans. This seemed like a good plan and it was customary for Gods to have a temple in those days. I think we can all understand David’s thought process. This is Yahweh that we are talking about and if the rest of these false gods have temples then the one true God needs more than a tent (v.2). David’s heart was to glorify God and Jesus tells us that glorifying God is the first and greatest commandment (Matthew 22:34-40). So how then was David wrong? Simply put, David is not God. God’s ultimate plan and purpose is hidden from us and we only can know it when it is revealed by God. However, David had the right intension and was making a God honoring decision so David was not in the wrong. The lesson to learn here from David is that even when you are trying to make the most God honoring decision possible it will still take faith because you will not be able to see God’s plan specifically and sometimes we may still not be right. I hope that this does not scare you but brings a little bit of comfort because God does not need us to be perfect he just needs us to faithfully trust in him and his word. Even guys like David sometimes missed the mark but the second lesson will bring more clarity to this point.
2. If we somehow miss the mark when seeking to glorify God, He is sovereign and will correct our steps so that we are always on the mark with his plan and purpose. God saw what David wanted to do and God was going to have a temple built but God was not going to do it through David. So, through Nathan God communicates to David his plan to establish David’s house forever. When we are trying to glorify God and make decisions that are founded in his Word, God will never let us make mistakes. In other words, God’s plan will always be accomplished and we do not have to worry about messing that up. Our goal is to make the most God glorifying decisions possible and if for some reason we miss the mark God will always re-orient our steps. For example, many of you know that we have been looking to move into a different building for some time. We have looked at multiple buildings and made many different plans. We have always wanted God’s will in it and it has always been for the purpose of advancing God’s kingdom. However, to this point it has not been God’s plan for us to move. How do I know this? Because nothing has worked out yet. This is a great example of how we are trying to make the most God honoring decision that we can make as a church and God is working out his providential plan for our church.
3. God’s plan is always better than what we can come up with on our own. David’s plan was a good one. However, what God told him was so much better. Not only for David but for all of mankind. God promised that he was going to establish David’s house forever, his offspring will build the temple and his throne shall reign forever! God did just that. He allowed Solomon, David’s son to build the temple in Israel. Through the line of David came Christ who is the savior of the world and is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! It is by him that all men are saved! Hebrews 1:1-5 references this promise:
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”?
“I will be to him a father,
and he shall be to me a son
4. We should respond to God with humility and praise. David understood the magnitude of what God was going to do through him and how it would impact all of man (v.19). Let our response to God always be one of humility and praise. Anytime God allows us to be a part of his plan is a privilege not a right. He has given us our task as his church in Matthew 28:19. My prayer is that we would see that task as joyful and humbling. Every waking moment should be spent worshiping and glorifying God and spreading the message of our king and Lord Jesus Christ.
Posted by: Chad Wiles