Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 41

This entry is part 41 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 40: “And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of
instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and
on cymbals” (2 Samuel 6:5). “And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was
girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with
shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet” (2 Samuel 6:14-15). David was never a part of the
kingdom. We should not follow David’s example of worship because Christ has called us to a higher
ground.

Part 41

King David speaks to Nathan, a prophet of the Lord, and says: “See now, I dwell in an house
of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains” (2 Samuel 7:2). He returns later with the Lord’s
reply: “Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt
in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but
have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle… I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep,
to be ruler over my people, over Israel: And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut
off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, … I will appoint a place for
my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more;
neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime… when thy days be
fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out
of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish
the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son” (vs. 3-14).
David’s heart desires the right things for God. He wants to raise God to be his priority in life.
Do we as Christians do the same? Or do we find other things to place before God in our own list of
desires? Is God’s will most important? Or is it our own will?
How do we demonstrate that we truly love God and want to put His teachings first? The apostle
John provides the answer: “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His
commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). The evidence that we love God is our striving to
keep His commandments. “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a
liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him”
(1 John 2:4-5). We have to be honest with ourselves. Are we putting our personal relationship with
God first, or are we allowing other aspects of our lives to come before the worship of the true God?
Frequently it is difficult to choose between the affairs of this world and Christ’s teachings.
Christ stated: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children,
brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear
his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26-27). Christ did not mean we should
stop caring for each member of our family. He was simply teaching that we are to put Him first in our
lives. Leaving God out of our planning is unwise (James 4:13-16). “No one can serve two masters, for
either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24). “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first
commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). What did David know?

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