Who’s building the house?
David had his heart set on blessing God but God turned it around quick! After David settled into his new palace and he had defeated his enemies, he said-
“Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.” 2 Samuel 7:2
So David set his heart of building a house or temple for God so that Israel could worship him there. God sent a message back to David through the prophet Nathan. He basically said- “Did I ask for a house of cedar?” God said he had dwelt in a tent since the days of Moses’ so why did he need it? I think God appreciated the thought and heart of David which is why he turned the blessing around and gave it back to him. God reminded him that he brought him out of shepherding sheep to shepherding Israel. He told David he would build him a house…
“Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.” 2 Samuel 7:16
WOW! What can one say to such a blessing from God? Let’s look at part of David’s response-
“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant.” 2 Samuel 7: 18-19
When I think of all the ways God has blessed me and how undeserving I’ve been for just one, my heart echoes the words of David- “who am I that you have brought me this far?” Then when my children are blessed, well, let’s just say that my heart overflows as David’s did. It wasn’t the physical house David spoke of here but his children, grandchildren and so forth- his descendants. David was overwhelmed that God spoke of blessing his children through the years to come. Lord, it is my desire to see you at work in the hearts and lives of my children and son-in-law and future daughters-in-law, my future grandchildren and great-grandchildren and so on. Lord, help me to live my life in a way that pleases you so that you will help me build a legacy of faith that future generations can build on.
Let’s consider some other words from David-
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3-4
With all the great things you have created and done, Lord, you still take time to shower me with blessings that I don’t deserve. Thank you for the blessings you have poured out on my children, my heart is overwhelmed! Thank you, Lord. Help me to go out today with a more thankful heart, recognizing the many ways you have blessed me!