David had an idea that seemed like a good one. “The ark of the covenant lives in a tent and I live in a palace. Maybe, I should build a house for the Lord.” It was a good idea. There was good intentions and affection for the Lord involved. But text shows that it was not a good idea. The Lord actually stops that idea short and reminds David that no one can build a house for the creator of the universe. The suggestion is actually kind of insulting to God. The Lord responds to David that he will flip the plan around. The Lord will build a house for David that will endure for all time. We know now that this is a prophecy of the future house of Jesus Christ, the descendant of David, who would establish an eternal kingdom.
Here are some questions that this story brought up for me:
- How am I, like David, attempting to build a house for the Lord through my accomplishments, my dreams, my family or my ministry?
- Can I give examples of where the Lord is building a house for me through his accomplishments?
Honestly, most of the time I’m not even in David’s head-space. I’m more like King Saul who was in the business of building a house for himself.