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when god says "no"

By Corinne O'Brien
July 14, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17
Romans 2:1-24
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 19:8-9

Okay…please don’t judge me, my senior quote for high school was, “Wherever you go, there you are.”-Confusious. This had little to do about God and more to do about my anxiety. However, even more little did I know, that this would be fitting for God’s covenant with King David. After a few series of events in bringing the Ark back to Jerusalem, which include, Uzzah dying from stumbling and touching the Ark ( 2 Sam.6:6-7) , a community of ministers and musicians celebrate in praising and worshipping the Ark’s arrival (1 Chr. 16:4-7), and David enduring a fierce scorn from his wife Michal from dancing with slim-to-no clothes in worship of the Ark. (1 Chr. 15:27-29)

After these dramatic events, David realizes that the Ark (God’s presence), belonged in a house, not a tent. He explains this desire to build a house for the Lord to Nathan the prophet, and the “same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan.” (1 Chr. 17:3) God tells Nathan essentially that David’s plans, though honorable, aren’t God’s plans. Instead of King David building a house for God, He tells him, that “I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.”-1 Chr.17:11b-12.

We know that King Solomon would be the one to build a physical house for the Lord (even though he spent twice as long building his own house!), yet King Jesus builds us a spiritual house. A new covenant, where we can enter into His eternal Kingdom. In conclusion to this important piece of Scripture, David responds to God’s plans with humility and beaming gratitude.

As we endure this painfully conflicting time, my prayer for us all is to have a heart like David, and “enter the joy of our Master.”-Matthew 25:21b

To memorize:

The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.

— Proverbs 19:8

Prayer to start with: Heavenly Father, thank you for your covenant. We look forward to the day where we spend eternity with you. Until then, let us find joy in the life you gave us and live it according to your will. Amen.