Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever. (v. 16)
King David thought he had a great idea. Being finally settled into his own house, he started to feel bad that he had a home while the ark of God, which symbolized God’s presence, was housed in a tent. Why should David, a mortal king, have his own house while the heavenly King did not?
So often we have great intentions. From one perspective, the things we’re dreaming of seem like they would be God-honoring and God-pleasing. But the Lord’s ways are not our ways, and we do not always know what would be best in God’s sight.
In David’s case, he shared his decision with the prophet Nathan, who received some words from the Lord to pass on to David. In these words, God entirely shifted the focus of the discussion. This is not about you and the house you would build for me, God says; this is about the “house” I will build for you. And out of this dynasty, out of your house, I will bring the King of Kings to establish the line of David forever. The fulfillment of these words came generations later with the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God that he directs our ways and redirects our dreams.