I remember watching our family house being built (we had been living in a rental house up until then). First the basement was dug, concrete poured, then the walls were framed and so forth. Piece by piece the dream became a reality-our own home!
King David had a dream, he wanted to make a house for the Lord, but God had other plans. David would not build a house for God, rather God was going to make a house for David. In his prayer, David remembers this promise and makes a request that this house would “continue forever before you.” David is asking God to keep his promise and to keep David’s descendants on the throne forever.
The houses we build eventually fall into ruin. David’s house seems to fall when the kingdom splits after Solomon’s death, and worse when the Babylonians conquer Jerusalem. Was the promise of God not kept?
Many centuries later, a most surprising fulfillment of the promise takes place when a baby is born in Bethlehem, one who will become King of kings, and Lord of lords-a descendant of David, but much more than an earthly ruler-Jesus the Christ.
Thank you, God, that you keep your promises, even when we can't see that. Thank you for bringing us into your house through Jesus, our saviour, so that we might live with you forever. Amen. — DH