Monday, May 3, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Ninety-Nine

Day Ninety-Nine, I Chron. 16, II Sam. 6, 8-9, I Chron. 17, II Sam. 7

Today we see the reaction David got from his dancing in the streets…at least, we see what his wife Michal had to say about it. She rebukes him for basically making an idiot of himself before the people. His response? “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when He appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord.” Gotta love a man who loves his God so much that he can’t help expressing that…regardless of what others think or say.

Next we see an episode where David summons Ziba, who was a servant of Saul’s household. David was looking for someone to show kindness to on behalf of Jonathan. You know the story…Ziba has been taking care of Jonathan’s crippled son, Mephibosheth. David takes Mephibosheth into his household and has him eat at the king’s table for all the rest of his days. But look at what David first says to Ziba, “Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?” David didn’t just sit around till he knew someone needed help. He went LOOKING for someone to show God’s kindness to. Can you imagine how much more peaceful this would would be if we, as Christians, would actively look for a way to show God’s kindness to someone each day.

Finally, watch as David, a man after God’s own heart, recognizes that he’s got a beautiful palace, while the Lord doesn’t have a permanent dwelling. So he has it in his heart to build a permanent dwelling place, a Temple, for the Lord Almighty. Nathan, the prophet, has recognized God’s hand in David’s life thus far, so he encourages David in this desire of his to build the Lord’s Temple. However, that night, the word of the Lord comes to Nathan and tells him that David is not the one to build the Temple. God promises He will raise up one of David’s offspring to build Him a Temple…but David is not the man to do it.
Can you imagine what that felt like? To have the purest of intentions; feeling that the Lord is with you in whatever you’re doing; having your heart set on a work that is good and that will please the Lord; and then having the Lord, for reasons of his own, pull the plug on whatever it is you so desired??? A less mature person, not being allowed to accomplish their good plans, might be tempted to sulk before the Lord.

Not David. Scripture says he “went in and sat before the Lord.” He prayed things like, “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that You have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in Your sight, O Sovereign Lord, You have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant……How great you are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but You…And who is like Your people Israel…whom You redeemed…You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, O Lord, have become their God. And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house…O Sovereign Lord, You are God! Your words are trustworthy, and You have promised these good things to Your servant…with Your blessing the house of Your servant will be blessed forever.”

Amen.

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