King David had a dream to build a worthy temple for the Lord in Jerusalem. If you have followed David’s story in the Old Testament, you have seen a story filled with great mountaintops and very deep valleys. A story of sin and redemption, and of love and war. David, the penner of many of The Psalms was a man of great passion and I think this makes his story very compelling to us. David failed epically and repented humbly. His passion was to build a temple for the Lord. I imagine that he dreamed about it and planned every detail of this magnificent temple for years of his life, but God had a different plan. We see God reveal his plan to David in 1 Chronicles 22.
David said to Solomon, “My son, I had it in my heart to build a house to the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars. You shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me on the earth.’”
1 Chronicles 22:8
David, although a man after God’s own heart, had shed much blood, both righteously-in war for the Lord, and unrighteously-in murder. David’s dream of building a magnificent temple would fall to his son, Solomon. I cannot imagine having a dream that seemed more right, and then having to give it up. David had such passion for a house for the Lord. He had gone to great lengths to bring the Tabernacle back to Jerusalem, and he wanted to build a permanent house for the Lord. This was David’s passion. He had collected huge amounts of resources and assembled workers to accomplish the task. But, God put the brakes on and said-not you, but your son.
David is amazing in how he handles this. Instead of arguing or turning his back, David gives his blessing to Solomon…
“Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed. With great pains I have provided for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add. You have an abundance of workmen: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of craftsmen without number, skilled in working gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Arise and work! The Lord be with you!”
David knew that this temple wasn’t for his own glory, this temple was for the Lord, so he didn’t hold anything back. His heart once again proved to be pure. All David desired was that the Lord be glorified, so it didn’t matter to David that he wasn’t building the temple. What mattered was that the temple was built.
This is such a great example to us. We have such a hard time setting our egos aside and just reflecting glory to the Lord. Sometimes we fight over who gets to do something for the Lord. We want to look good. Well, if that is the case, is it really for the Lord?
David had it right. It really should be all about the Lord!