2 Samuel 7 Part 1–No Palace Necessary

David was not the typical king.  As he settled into the life of a king, he was displeased with the idea that he lived in a palace while God lived in a tent.  He wanted to build a temple for God–but God had a different plan.  First, God wanted David to not be concerned about his dwelling. God created the entire universe and frankly could not be contained in a palace! The tent of meeting was simply that–it was not where God lived.  God loved David and now wanted to give him peace, give him a name and give him a legacy.  As David continued to follow God, God would do amazing and mighty things for David.  God did not want David the warrior to be David the architect.
 
We often try to do things for God.  We think that if we do amazing things for God, we will somehow curry favor in His eyes and become one of His special ones. The truth is that God loves us UNCONDITIONALLY! He loves us at our best and at our worst. He does not need us to do tasks to earn that love.  He simply needs us to follow Him and allow Him to bring peace and provision to our lives. It is not that the Lord does not recognize our desire simply to please Him–it is that our trust in God and desire to follow God’s lead is the greatest “gift” we can give the Lord.  God loved to bless David. He also wants nothing more than to bless us. We must simply trust and follow Him–no palace building is necessary.
 
God Bless You

After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

Nathan replied to the king, “Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you.”

But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying:

“Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 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.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?”’

“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. 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.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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