2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
In these verses, we read that David, the new king of Israel, wants to build a house for God. David looks at his luxurious house and then looks out his window and sees the tent where the Ark of the Lord was sitting. David appears to be embarrassed that Israel’s God is housed in such a meager tent.
God refused David’s request only to grant him one far above all that he was able to ask or think. God instead intended to build David’s house! How often does he do so? How often, when we are worrying about our prayers not being answered, God is answering them in a far greater way? God used David to do the ground work or preparation for building the temple. David gathered all the supplies and Solomon later built the temple. David was expecting great things from God and attempting great things for God. His only problem was that he was not in step with God’s timing. God’s plan involved something much more lasting than a stone structure. It involved the plan of salvation for the world. God is more interested in the household of faith than the house or building in which we meet.
Today we celebrate the coming of Jesus, the descendant of David, as the Savior of the world. God’s plan was to offer salvation to all mankind. God made a covenant with David that the Messiah would come through his offspring. God offers to us that covenant relationship through Jesus so that we might be saved from our sins.
God of love,
You promised to make David’s household great among nations. Then you sent your son, Jesus to change this world so that all people are in the great household of God. Show us how to live as your children and show love to all. Amen.