We have learned that David had his ups and downs in his life. He was always faithful to the LORD God. Even when he sinned David did not deny his sins he showed deep grief and ask for forgiveness. The LORD God always forgave him. David provided many good lessons how to be faithful to the LORD GOD. 1 Kings 1 and 1 Chronicles 17-21
The LORD God entered a covenant with David as king through the prophet Nathan. (2 Samuel 7:8-16). David’s throne would endure forever.
This means there would be a descendent of David as a king forever over Israel and Judea. If the successors of David sinned, they would be punished extremely harshly. This covenant is interpreted as the Messianic Covenant. We know that Jesus came from the line of David.
David was honored that there was such an excellent promise for the LORD God. David lived in a luxurious palace and felt bad because the LORD did not have a proper temple. The Ark of the Covenant was housed in a tent. David started making plans for a temple for the LORD.
David chose the temple site, gathered building materials. David had grand plans for this temple and every workman was trained above others. They were instructed to be faithful to the LORD. It was a great privilege to be called people of the LORD God.
David had committed some horrible sins during his life. Every time David sinned he would show repentance that was pure and absolute. He was always sorry. He took the punishment that the LORD God inflicted on him without complaining. David even made amends where possible, and protected the innocent when he could.
It was in the heart of David to build a house for the LORD God. The problem was the LORD God told him he shall not build the house for the LORD. The LORD gave Solomon permission to build it in the name of the LORD. (1 Kings 8:17-20).
King David appointed his son Solomon as the next king after his death. Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba. He was instructed how to finish the temple of the LORD.
And David said to Solomon, ìMy son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house unto the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto My name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in My sight.” (1 Chronicles 22:6-8).
“And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” (1 Chronicles 28:20).
David died and was buried in the City of David. He had ruled forty years over Israel, seven in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem.
What Can This Story Teach Us?
When David was anointed king, he was probably about 15 years old. When he became king and ruled as king, he was 30. David experienced years of hardship and injustice, often wondering if he would even survive to be king.
David was willing to wait for the promises of the LORD. He teaches us we should be willing to be faithful and endure long times of hardship while we wait for the Lord to fulfill His promises.
David had done nothing wrong when King Saul tried time after time to kill him. This was an injustice for David. Then David had two opportunities to kill Saul he refused to kill Saul. David thought since the LORD God had made Saul king, rebelling against Saul was equal to rebelling against the LORD God.
David is a reminder that in our lives there will be many unjust things happen to us. How would the LORD want us to treat these unjust treatments by people?
David committed many sins, involving adultery, murder, and the incidental killing of innocents, when these sins were pointed out that what he did was wrong. David didn’t deny what he had done, he didn’t make excuses, and he didn’t pass the blame. With deep grief, he simply said, “I have sinned.”As soon as he asked for forgiveness the LORD God responded, “Your sin is forgiven.”
This is a lesson we all need to learn. Our attitude should be humble when we become aware of our sin. We should admit what we have done, admit it without making excuses and ask the LORD for forgiveness.
The House of the LORD or the Temple of the LORD was made according to Divine plans. That is just like our lives are prepared according to Divine plans of the LORD. We should live our lives accordingly.
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