S (Scripture): 2 Samuel 7:8 I took you from the pasture, from following the flock, to be leader over my people Israel. 9 I’ve been with you wherever you’ve gone, and I’ve eliminated all your enemies before you. Now I will make your name great—like the name of the greatest people on earth.
And the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make a dynasty for you. 12 When the time comes for you to die and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your descendant—one of your very own children—to succeed you, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He will build a temple for my name, and I will establish his royal throne forever. 14 I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to me… 15 But I will never take my faithful love away from him like I took it away from Saul, whom I set aside in favor of you. 16 Your dynasty and your kingdom will be secured forever before me. Your throne will be established forever.
O (Observation): David has the ark (God’s Chest) brought to Jerusalem. This is a big deal! This is “God on earth”!!!
David celebrates and dances before the ark/chest. He’s caught up in a frenzy.
David then (in today’s text – 2 Samuel 7) makes a declaration: I will build a Temple for the Lord!
God speaks through Nathan – God’s prophet for David – and God says that instead of David establishing God’s throne, God chooses instead to focus on God building David “a throne.” David’s throne will be established as a dynasty – he will be the ancestor of a great people.
God chooses for David to be as a son to God. And God will be David’s father. God establishes faithful love towards David. Why? Not because of what David has done, but because God chooses to do so.
In the time to come, Jesus would come to earth. From the line of David. And before David? Go read the Bible and check it out. Quite a lineage for Jesus. And all of God’s guidance and grace.
A (Application): Who is in charge of your calendar? Your wallet? Your life? Is it you?
What happens when letting go of that control? Of handing the steering wheel over to Jesus?
I mean, not literally : )
But allowing God to guide your calendar, wallet, and life is the grace we need to make it through these challenging days.
We give time, money, and our very lives to God, so that God might direct our path.
David thought the best thing would be to honor God. God thought best to establish a relationship with David and his ancestors.
What do we think is best? What is God up to?
Who’s in charge here, anyway?
P (Prayer): God, as we plan, we know you chuckle. But it’s all in good spirit. We hope. Well, maybe we don’t know ourselves as well as you know us. Umm…let’s just turn this over to you, and we will look for your guidance and spirit along the way. Amen.