David Plans to build a House for God

2 Sam 7:1-29

In today’s passage, David having gained rest from his enemies all around sat in his house one day and thought to himself, “why should i be living in such a beautiful house, and the ark of God live behind curtains”? He called Nathan the prophet and told him this, to which Nathan replied that David should do all that was in his heart for God was with him. We could see the reason why David was described as a man after God’s heart. His thoughts were on God even in the time of comfort, his heart was focussed on God and not on his own comfort, ego, or needs.

After Nathan left David, God spoke to him about David’s desire and the fact that he would give David rest and cause him to be established, but it would not be David rather his son, who would build the house for the Lord’s name. He also promised to be with that son and bring him up as His own son, showing him mercy continually even when chastised. The Lord promised to establish the throne of David forever, and Nathan delivered all these messages to David.

In concluding the chapter, David went in and sat before God, thinking on all the words Nathan had spoken, and he then went ahead to pray. He praised God for his kindness and goodness all through the years, and prayed on the promises God had made that his house would be blessed forever. What a man after God’s heart!

David gave us an example of having a heart for God and his things. How often do you think on God? How often do you ask what he wants, or make yourself available for his service? The Lord blesses people with such heart for him, if only you will cast your thoughts on him, and make him the focus of your heart desire.

Some verses to remember

vs 2:  That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.

vs 16: And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

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