[David said] “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” v.2
12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.
25 And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken. 26 And your name will be magnified forever ~2 Samuel 7-8 ESV
The two are irresistibly intertwined. Some, like David leave behind a national legacy, a royal lineage, and an eternal heritage. Others leave negative influences in their wake. Many go to their grave with regrets over tasks left undone or even unattempted.
For David, he had a dream – to build the house of God. He seemed to have lofty motivations – gratitude, honor, worship.
But God’s perspective is not always our own. We need to rest in God’s design for our life. All things might be permissible, but not all things are beneficial (I Cor. 10:23). Rest. Trust. Obedience. When we often want to Plan. Work. Build.
So, David settled back into God’s gifting – warring against the Philistines. Sounds crazy, but that’s kinda how God wired him. As he lived out God’s calling for him as king and commander, he paved the way for the legacy to pass along to Solomon who would finish his dream.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. ~Psalm 2 ESV
Instead of pressing ahead with “good” plans, we need to continually seek out God’s best for our lives and His Glory. Our human thinking does not equate rejoicing with trembling, but I imagine that was where David found himself after this word from Nathan. Constant surrender to God of every step, every decision to never settle with good enough.
20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV
Lord, help me to have a long-sighted vision of Your work in my life. One that extends beyond my death. One that walks with selfless obedience to Your Word and Your plan for my life. I want Your best, not just a good plan. Help me rest with gratitude for your direction. ~Amen