DESIGNS FOR THE GREAT HOUSE

David knew that he was rich in material and spiritual ways.  He lived in a fine house which was built for him by the King of Lebanon.  Those people were famous for their ships, so their wood working skills were honed to make water tight fittings.  The cedar trees impart that wonderful smell to a new home that also glorifies God who provided such comfort for our life.  David sought to honor his provider for these gifts.

Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.  Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee.  1 Chronicles 17:1-2

Nathan gave a prompt response, possibly without lengthy consultation with God.  He had some confidence in David so he had reason to assume that God was with David.  Some parts of our vision may not be part of God’s specific path for us though.  God has a way of speaking for himself.

And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,  Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:  For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another.  Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?  Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel:  And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.  Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning,  And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house.  And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.  I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee:  But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.  According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.  1 Chronicles 17:3-15

God has not asked for a house, and has been with David for years of outdoor living.  God tells David that he will plant the flock of Israel where enemies will never move them again.  God promises to build David a house of many descendants.  One of his sons will build God a house and occupy an eternal throne. 

We know that David’s son Solomon built the temple building, and that his throne lasted for generations.  But another son of David was expected to fulfill the eternal reign.  We will watch the families that follow for the genealogy that leads to this messiah.  David may be expecting his son to build the temple, but he is satisfied that God is faithful to finish his work.

And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?  And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of thy servant’s house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God.  What can David speak more to thee for the honour of thy servant? for thou knowest thy servant.  O LORD, for thy servant’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, in making known all these great things.  O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.  And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?  For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, LORD, becamest their God.  Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said.  Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.  For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee.  And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:  Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever. 1 Chronicles 17:16-27

Previously I reminded readers that the Holy Spirit does miracles to draw new believers, and that we transgress to report such things as the work of Satan.  Every Christian should know one work of the Holy Spirit because he strengthens our belief.  He teaches us all in a way we know is special to our own inner heart.  The spirit of God lives in us to testify of our hope in Christ.  No finer temple than the tabernacle of our flesh can be offered to house the ark of the spirit of God.  We are unable to offer any more than that.

David could celebrate the promise of his inheritance because God himself brought the testimony to him.  You have the testimony of the same spirit for your own inheritance of great promise.  This is more than a promise of earthly reign or prosperity; it is for an eternal crown that we will share with David and his son.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  Romans 8:16-18

We may share this revelation and plant hope in others who are like our spiritual sons.  These are the sons who will build the Kingdom of God and join us in his glory.  Can we give honor to God who has transformed us from prisoners to a royal priesthood?

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