- Even though David was the
most powerful man in the nation of Israel he still understood his need to
receive a Word from the Lord. David understood his role in the Kingdom of
God and understood his need to be in submissive to God’s Word and realize
that it is very easy to confuse God’s Word with one’s own desires.
Therefore, he allowed Nathan to speak into His life.
- God let David know that He
was more than satisfied with a tent. God isn’t impressed by Cedar logs and
gold. The Lord also wanted to make clear that His presence could not be
confined. The tent made it obvious that the presence of God could easily
be moved from one location to another. A temple had the negative impact of
believing that one could confine God’s presence and thereby insist that
His presence never leave.
God turned the request around and demonstrated His tremendous grace by claiming that instead of David building a great house for His presence, that God would build David into a great house (dynasty) from which His presence would come – the Christ! David was blown away and makes that clear in his worshipful prayer of 1 Chronicles 17:16-27.
- David did “what was just and
right” in the eyes of the Lord on behalf of his people Israel. As a result
of the way in which David governed Israel the Lord ensured that he would
have victory in battle. We can have the same assurance as well if we obey
- The misunderstanding between
the Ammonites and Israel led to massive destruction. When seeking counsel
from others we need to be very careful to find out all sides of the story.
Rash actions are rarely good ones.
- Joab was a relentless warrior on David’s behalf and pressed the battle until the very end. Joab was extremely loyal to David. However, upon the death of David, Joab aligned against Solomon, David’s son and was killed in the temple court for his treasonous act.