When it came to building a house for the Lord, this was told unto Nathan, the prophet, who should build it and the reason for it, thereof. And this is that reason. 2 Samuel, chapter 7, reads, 1“and it came to pass that night, that the word of the Lord came unto Nathan, saying, go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.” (2 Samuel 7:4-6) So we learn that God Himself needed a building where he would dwell in, even in Israel. And we learn more about this house when Solomon comes about and builds it later on. Even from David’s seed would God’s kingdom be established forever, through the Christ the Lord. This chapter continues to read, in speaking of David, 1“and when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.” (2 Samuel 7:12,13) So we learn that after David would come forth from his seed a Savior, who the Father would establish His kingdom. Even from the seed of David would come to Jesus Christ, the Lord of all.
What is amazing is that those that people that believe in Jesus are also called the sons and daughters of God. He is then with them and will give them counsel when they are off course. God’s mercy is also upon such people, as they look to Him in faith. And what is amazing about all of this, is that this was prophesied of in this same chapter. It reads, 1“I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” (2 Samuel 7:14-16) So we also have the kingdom of God dwelling in us, since Jesus is also with us. 1“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.” (2 Samuel 7:22) We ought to give God glory for all He does for us. Especially for the fact that Jesus, our Savior, has come to save His people from their sins. 1“And let thy name be magnified for ever.” (2 Samuel 7:26) Surely, the Lord has not forgotten Israel but has also not forgotten others that believe in Him. Once you commit your life to Christ, then you are adopted into the fold of God, like unto Israel.
My friends, this house that was built by David’s son Solomon was needed then, but now that Jesus has come, God has made us His temple to dwell in. The day that the veil in God’s house was rent in two, on the day that Jesus was crucified, was when there was no more need for God to dwell in an earthy house any longer. Paul taught, 2“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” (Acts 17:24-26) So we learn that God now dwells in us, not in buildings made with hands. He also taught, 3“know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16,17) So praise the Lord that God has opened the doors for us all to have His presence in our lives. God’s desire is to be with each one of us. So open your lives to Him fully, starting today. The day you do this, will your life be changed forever, even your desires will be like unto God’s will.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, thank You for first establishing your house upon this earth and then opening the doors for us all to have Your presence in our lives. We need You in our lives, God, so thank You for establishing Your temple in us now. It would be so difficult to know Your will if I had to be in a specific place to know it. So thank You for ripping the veil in two, when You were raised upon the cross. This made it so that we can all come unto You, which I am amazed and honored to come unto You now. Thank You, Lord. I pledge my life now and forever to seek Your hand first in my life. I love Your counsel, even when You chasten me does it bring me down to my knees in repentance. I know that I am not perfect and need You to correct me when I do fall. I am not unhappy by this at all, but so happy that You care so much for me, as to want to lead me on Your path of righteousness. So even now do I come to You in my confessions. Lead me out of the darkness and into Your light. Forgive me of all my faults that I have committed. Lead me from the enemy, oh Lord, and into Your matchless arms. This empty life, where I always need something new or better to be happy, is not meant for me, but only Your love that You give me. When Your presence is with me, I am fulfilled. Even Your mercy and grace awakens my soul to seek You more and more. I love Your ways, oh God, and love You with all my heart. If I have done anything good, it is by Your hands. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
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