2 Samuel 7:18-21 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and he said:
“Who am I, Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O Sovereign LORD, you have also spoken about the future of the house (dynasty) of your servant. Is this your usual way of dealing with man, O Sovereign LORD? What more can David (I) say to you? For you know your servant, O Sovereign LORD. For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.”
After he had unified the country of Israel and established its capital in Jerusalem, David felt it very inappropriate that he was living in a palace while God’s ark of the covenant (a sacred chest) was still being held in a tent. He proposed to the prophet Nathan to build a temple in Jerusalem to house the ark. Nathan initially said yes, but God said no. God did not allow David to build Him a house (temple) and instead promised to build David a house (dynasty) that would last forever. God did not put any conditions, terms or limitations on this promise—really the only agreement of its kind in the entire Old Testament. From this agreement David and Solomon laid a spiritual foundation for the people, a foundation that was visibly expressed in the King, the Temple, and the City of David (Jerusalem). These gave the people a false sense of security based on these institutions, not on an ongoing relationship with God. Ultimately, God allowed the Babylonians to destroy all three. So the dynasty had fallen on very hard times by the time Jesus was born, not as the heir to a throne, but as the (adopted) son of a carpenter. And yet our Savior was of Royal blood, and as his (adopted) brothers and sisters we too are princes and princesses in a sacred line based not on royal blood but the royal favor of God.
Prayer: Dear God, you have made me an heir of faith in the experience of Abraham, an heir of freedom in the experience of Moses, and an heir to royalty in the experience of David. Grant that my faith may never be anchored by religious institutions, however stable and permanent. May my freedom lead to submission to your will. May your royalty be expressed in service as it was in Jesus and in heartfelt worship as it was in David. I pray this for the sake of your glory. Amen.