What man builds and what God builds.
After bringing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, the city that was to be the capital of David’s kingdom, David expresses to Nathan the prophet a good plan for how to glorify God. He wanted to build for God a temple so that God’s ark would not live in a tent while he lived in a mansion. It seemed a good idea to Nathan too, until God said no to David’s plan, at least in David’s day. Solomon, David’s son and successor, would build a great temple. It would be everything David dreamed and more. It would stand for four hundred years.
God was glorified by the Temple, as He is glorified by the ways we obediently serve Him with our lives. However, we must never mistake the work with the object it is intended to glorify. If we think our work must stand or produce the result we desire, we will not only be disappointed, but we will not honor the One for whom we did the work. Our work will not stand for long. Know that as you do it to keep you from worshipping the work. But the One we do the work to glorify will stand forever. So serve God in all you do for His glory. Your efforts will never fail.
Compare Solomon’s temple to what God professes He will build for David in chapter 7.
“Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in?…the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” (2 Samuel 7:5,11-13)
Who sits on the throne of David? It no longer exists on earth. Jesus, descendant of David, sits on it today and forever and His kingdom has come, is coming, and will come fully at His second coming.
What we build for God passes away, but what God has built for us exists forever that we might have eternal life through a King like none other in a Kingdom that will never fail.
Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!