Sovereign Lord , you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord , have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.” (2 Samuel 7:28-29 NIV)
It is remarkable that this episode is recorded in scripture.
What’s so remarkable about it is the degree of intimacy we get between God and the King. For all of his exploits, David is mindful and considerate of the God who gave him the success. Such is heart before God, such is his devotion that he sees it as fitting that a house should be built for God. That intention expresses a lot about the love David has for God.
What’s even more remarkable is us being allowed to get God’s response. First it’s intriguing hearing Nathan, a man of God, hear David’s heart and fully endorse David’s desire. It makes it all the more fascinating that God instructs Nathan overnight to rescind the endorsement.
Here’s where it really gets intriguing. God tells David that in as much as He acknowledges David’s desire to go building a house, it is actually God that will be about the house building. Building the house of David. It is not the physical constructs that drew God to His people, it is His desire to build something in and through His people that makes all the difference. He establishes that again in this intimate response to the heart of David. Physical monuments have their worth as a legacy, but living, breathing continuities of the faithfulness of God are far greater and more powerful expressions of the living legacy of the living God. So for God to make that deal with David to establish the house of David forever was truly amazing. It’s one thing to know God is with you, it is mind-blowing to see that promised presence produce living embodiment of that relationship forever. It is almost like the icing on the cake for David to be assured that his house project will be realised by his son that will follow him on the throne. Unlike his predecessor, David won’t suffer the ignominy of God’s rejection. Here David is assured of His continued presence.
David’s response to this revelation keeps the remarkable theme going. Imagine hearing the Creator of the universe who has chosen you for a specific task takes the time to inform you specifically that He will be with you for generations to come. Imagine how mind-blowing that is to consider. David’s response speaks so much both to his humility and his heart for God. Nothing in the response is about his own reputation, he looks for God to fulfil His Word for God’s sake. His heart remains fervently for God to be glorified even in this very word revealed. David also sees the bigger picture, this is about the plan of God prevailing through His people.
It’s a truly humbling experience being given permission to see this interaction between David and God. Indeed I am a beneficiary of that conversation because of David’s Son who came through the lineage to establish the Kingdom. David’s delight in doing what pleased the Lord opened the door for a legacy that would go to Calvary and proceed through to people over the last two millennia that span far beyond the geographical borders of David’s Kingdom.
That divine dialogue we witness is not the exclusive domain of the time. Because of the legacy of his Son we now have permission and are invited to delight in such dialogue directly. I hope our minds are likewise blown in considering the awesome character of God and His desire for us.