It is a natural response. When someone treats us with love and respect, we want to say thank you. When someone shows amazing kindness and protects, restores and promotes us, we want to do the same for them. That was what David wanted to do. God spent years raising him up from a simple shepherd to becoming the greatest King Israel had ever known. He had survived years of being pursued by Saul, years of civil war and the conquering of his main enemies—all due to God’s leadership and intervention. He wanted simply to give back.
That was not God’s plan. God was bigger than a building and never wanted to live in a palace. God is wild and wants to inhabit the hearts of his people. In our day, we see the same desires in leaders—Let’s build big churches to show the world how great God is—not his plan. God still wants to live in us and lead us. He does not live in a building. When we Go to the Church building, we go to worship and fellowship, but not to meet God—he should be living in us. God simply is not about houses, he is about family. Thanks Lord for making me part of your family.
God Bless You
But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:
5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’
8 “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders[a] over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.