Saturday 12 November, 2016

2 Samuel 7:1-17

7 The king moved into his palace. The Lord had given him peace and rest from all his enemies around him. 2 Then the king spoke to Nathan the prophet. He said, “Here I am, living in a house that has beautiful cedar walls. But the ark of God remains in a tent.” 3 Nathan replied to the king, “Go ahead and do what you want to. The Lord is with you.” 4 But that night the word of the Lord came to Nathan. The Lord said, 5 “Go and speak to my servant David. Tell him, ‘The Lord says, “Are you the one to build me a house to live in? 6 I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt. But I have not lived in a house from then until now. I have been moving from place to place. I have been living in a tent. 7 I have moved from place to place with all the Israelites. I commanded their rulers to be shepherds over them. I never asked any of those rulers, ‘Why haven’t you built me a house that has beautiful cedar walls?’ ” ’ 8 “So tell my servant David, ‘The Lord who rules over all says, “I took you away from the grasslands. That’s where you were taking care of your father’s sheep and goats. I made you ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you everywhere you have gone. I have destroyed all your enemies. Now I will make you famous. Your name will be just as respected as the names of the most important people on earth. 10 I will provide a place where my people Israel can live. I will plant them in the land. Then they will have a home of their own. They will not be bothered anymore. Evil people will no longer crush them, as they did at first. 11 That is what your enemies have done ever since I appointed leaders over my people Israel. But I will give you peace and rest from all of them. “ ‘ “I tell you that I, the Lord, will set up a royal house for you. 12 Some day your life will come to an end. You will join the members of your family who have already died. Then I will make one of your own sons the next king after you. And I will make his kingdom secure. 13 He is the one who will build a house where I will put my Name. I will set up the throne of his kingdom. It will last forever. 14 I will be his father. And he will be my son. When he does what is wrong, I will use other men to beat him with rods and whips. 15 I took my love away from Saul. I removed him from being king. You were there when I did it. But I will never take my love away from your son. 16 Your royal house and your kingdom will last forever in my sight. Your throne will last forever.” ’ ”

We serve a generous and gracious God. There’s so much in this story I could focus on: the overflow of a full heart in David to give something back to the God who delivered him from Saul; the prophet who spoke too soon and yet God still spoke through him to clarify His plans. But it’s the heart of a God who would once again bless his servant. He had got David through, given him rest from his enemies, wouldn’t that be the time for God to receive His due, his praise, his gift – which from David’s heart was his desire to build God a house?

God’s thoughts are so far above ours. His plans are far reaching and are for hope and promise beyond our days. In the next chapter we learn how humbled David is by God sharing his heart with him and his promises for the generations to come. His promises came to pass, David’s throne is still established in Jesus.

Do I each day rest in the knowledge that God is good, that his promises are yes and amen, that ‘this is love, not that we loved him but that he loved us’ (1 John 4:10)

Written by Rosie Walker

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