As King David had fought and won peace for the people Israel. There was rest throughout the kingdom. David asked Nathan the Prophet if he should build a house for the Lord?
Nathan said yes, build a house for the Lord, it is a good thing.
That night, Nathan received a word from the Lord.
In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?“
(2 Samuel 7:5-7)
Nathan was reminded, the Lord to that time, had never asked for a permanent house be built for Him. He was satisfied with the Tabernacle made of tents and a moveable alter.
His concern was the people be fed. (Peter, feed my sheep).
The Lord said David a man of war, could not build His house, but the Lord would raise up a son, worthy of this honor.
Solomon was the original son, anointed, to build the house of the Lord, but not the permanent house, that Son of David is Jesus.
Jesus is the cornerstone of the Lord’s Church. It isn’t a Church of cedar or stone, but a Spiritual Church born of the Power of God.
2 Samuel 7:18-29
“Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant’s house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant.
For thy word’s sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.
Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for 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, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?
For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.
And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.
And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.
For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:
Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.”
His prayer, like the prayer of Moses, asks who am I? Why would you use me? I am not worthy, why have you chosen my family for this honor.
We should also compare this prayer with the Prayer taught to the Disciples. We have called it the Lord’s prayer, we recite it without hearing or understanding it’s power.
The Lord is Praised, thanked, recognized as God. His will is done, not ours, His provision and power is recognized.
He again is blessed His Word recognized as true, His blessings proclaimed.
We should pray as David did and as the Lord taught the Disciples. We would find our prayers powerful, meaningful and profitable.
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