KEY SCRIPTURE:2 Samuel 7:2 ” That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, see now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains”.
When the Lord had given David peace all around him, he thought about God and where the Ark of God dwelt. Good thoughts about others are always appreciated. It is a grand nature of men to be selfish, especially when things go well with them. In such times they forget about the plight of the under privileged. Many people get engrossed in their pleasure when all is well with them. Some Christians backslide because they have a good job, good marriage, a fashionable house, and what have you? They hardly think about God ,or go to church services regularly. Remember, what can a man give in exchange for His Soul?
For king David, it was at the height of his comfort and stability that he thought about God and His house. How much are you concerned about God and His work? David said he dwells in a Cedar wood house and God lives in curtains (2nd Sam 7:2)
When King David discussed this issue with Nathan the prophet, he said to him go ahead and do all that is in your heart. In Nathan’s dream God said a lot of good things about David, yet he would not want him to build the house for him. His son would rather build it. Before the Lord spoke to Nathan, he told David to go ahead and do that which was in his heart, but after the encounter with God, he knew what God really wanted. It is always proper to be sure of what God is saying than to assume anything for Him.
God normally addresses people by their names. It is only those who have won His heart that he qualifies them by the term ‘MY SERVANT’. (2nd Sam 7;5) Many men of God seek to pride themselves with all kinds of titles Please note, there is only one tittle that God loves to address those who are dear unto Him. It is the word SERVANT. The word servant implies a slave, one who lives to please his master. Strive to be called a servant by God Himself. Men may see you as a servant of God, or you may call yourself that way, yet it is only God who can tell whether a man is His servant or not.
David’s desire to honor God with a house moved God to say so many wonderful things about him. God spoke about establishing his Kingdom forever (2nd Sam 7:13&16) He even added that if his son who will succeed him sins, He will chastise him with the rod of men.
Dear child of God you can also attract a great favor to yourself. Delight yourself in the things of God and take pleasure in honoring Him. Go out of your way and make great sacrifices for Him, and seek the establishment of His Kingdom There is no way your life would not be singled out for an uncommon blessing if you live this way.
Oh! Father open the understanding of all Christians to the realities of honoring God with their lives and the uncommon favors that go with it. Let the church take its rightful place on the earth.
Matthew 6:33 ” But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”.
1 Samuel 2:30 “Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me forever: but now the LORD saith, be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed”.