Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies all around, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.” Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” 2 Samuel 7:1-3 NKJV
God raised up a shepherd boy to rule over Israel. David was the youngest of eight brothers. He was left out when Jesse presented his sons before the Lord. Each of Jesses sons passed before Samuel. None were chosen. David was called. Samuel anointed him.
David was living at ease. His enemies had been defeated. Life was good. But his heart was not at peace, why? David did not feel entitled to the finer things in life. Why should he live in opulence when the ark of God dwells in a tent?
David did not focus on feeding his flesh. He set his heart on serving God. David did not boast of his victories in battle. He praised God for them. David did not get puffed up with pride by his fortune and success. He was humbled by God’s goodness and mercy!
Nathan blessed David by saying, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”
Do you feed your flesh or serve God? Are you puffed up with pride or praise God for your victories and successes? Do you humble yourself before God’s mighty hand or lean on your own understanding and resources?
God sent Nathan to ask David, “Would you build a house for me to dwell in? God never dwelt in a house built by human hands. He never told Israel to build Him a house.
God remind David of his humble beginnings. God reminded David of the great things He did for David and Israel. God told David his house and kingdom would be established forever. David’s son would build a house for the Lord.
David wanted to do great things for God. The Lord was blessed by the desire of David’s heart. God wanted David to know He loves and honors people who love and honor Him. God wanted David to know he could not out give the Lord!
I asked God to put His desires in my heart. My prayer is that on the day God grants the desires of my heart they will be the desires He put in my heart!
Jesus wants you to have a heart like David. He wants the desires of your heart to align with the desires of His heart. Jesus wants you to inherit the eternal kingdom of God!
God loves and honors people who love and honor His Son Jesus Christ. Love and honor Jesus with all your heart!
If the desire of your heart is to make Jesus famous, go, do all that is in your heart, the Lord is with you!
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