Not a Temple, but a Home for the Lord
In I Chronicles 17, Nathan gives a message from God to David regarding David’s desire to build the Lord’s temple. God says that Solomon, David’s son, is the one chosen to build the temple, not David. He then promises David that He will build a house for him—a dynasty of kings—which ultimately will lead to Jesus.
After hearing God’s plan from Nathan, David offers up a beautiful prayer of thanks to the Lord. David is overwhelmed that God has brought him all the way from shepherd boy to king. David says that in addition to all that God has given him, “He speaks about him as though he were someone very great!” What humility David shows as he continues his prayer, “What more can I say to You about the way You have honored me? You know what your servant is really like. For the sake of your servant, O Lord, and according to your will, You have done all these great things and have made them known.”
Words of Praise
David goes on to praise Him saying, “O Lord, there is no one like You. We have never heard of another God like You.” He ends the passage with, “For when You grant a blessing O Lord, it is an eternal blessing.” What a profound and true statement that is. Our Father blesses us in so many ways. We might think the blessing temporary, but according to David, God’s blessings are eternal.
We are not such a great king as David. But God speaks about us as though we are someone great. He refers to us as a kingdom of priests and co-heirs with Christ. He honors us by seating us in the heavenly realms with Christ Jesus. Even though He knows what we are really like, it is His will to do great things for us, just as He did for David. We are eternally blest by all God’s promises. Is it any wonder, then, that we praise Him with the words of David: “O Lord, there is no one like you. We have never heard of another God like you.”