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Saturday, April 6, 2013

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After bringing the Ark to Jerusalem, David began to think about what else he could do to further the cause of God. In his reflections, the king concluded that it would be good to build a permanent, more appropriate abiding place for the Ark of the Covenant.

 

David shared his dream of building a Holy Temple with his mentor, the prophet Nathan. Initially, the prophet favored the idea, however, the Lord sent Nathan back to tell King David that he should not undertake that construction but that one of his sons would built it.

 

Interestingly enough, despite not being allowed to build the temple, God's message filled David with joy. It made him feel special for what God had done and would do in his life.

 

In short, God said to David, since you desired to build a house for Me, I will build your house, your reign and your descendants. When we dare to dream God's dreams, God works to fulfill our deepest wants. As the Word says, "Delight yourself in the LORD and he will satisfy the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:5).

 

A major concern for any monarch during David’s days, was related to his physical integrity and that of his descendants. Ambushes and betrayals were common. God reassured David that one of his sons would succeed him and that his descendants would always occupy the throne of Israel. Unfortunately David’s descendants failed in their obedience to God. Even so, the Davidic dynasty was perpetuated through Christ, his blood descendant.

 

David was thrilled to be the object of such loving promises from God. He understood that the message received conveyed the wisdom of a God who knows all things and works hard to protect and bless His children.

 

God of all wisdom, help me to see Your teachings as expressions of Your great love and care for me!

 

Jobson Santos
Adventist Media Center
Brazil