Verse 5: “Are you the one to build a house for me to live in?” (NLT)
I hope you will take time to read this chapter in its entirety. David is often called “a man after God’s own heart”. This story demonstrates this characteristic of David beautifully.
David, as king over Israel, had all he could desire. Yet, he was troubled to think of the ark of God dwelling in a tent. David felt an unction to build God a house.
This thoughtful gesture pleased the Lord.
Have you considered God lately? How comfortable our lives have become in the USA. I have a home, a bed, a family, a routine. Overall, I am relatively content. But, have I created a place for the Lord in the midst of my life?
As I think about the Christmas story (Luke 2), remembering the humble birth of our Savior in a stable, I imagine the craziness of the city surrounding young Mary and Joseph. All the people had to leave their comfortable place and travel to be counted for taxation. There were so many people that all the rooms were filled. No room could be found for an expectant mother laboring to deliver her first born child. What terrible conditions!
Now, I look around me, present day Christmas, and I notice the hustle and bustle of people everywhere. Schedules are filled with this party or that event. Few smiles are shared in the shopping malls. Oftentimes a spirit of grudgery overtakes a spirit of joy. Is there any room for Jesus today?
Will you build God a house?
Will you open up your heart, body, and soul as a place for Him to dwell?
Will you make room for Jesus this Christmas?