Praise In No

1 Chronicles 17:1-27 CSB

[1] When David had settled into his palace, he said to the prophet Nathan, “Look! I am living in a cedar house while the ark of the Lord’s covenant is under tent curtains.” [2] So Nathan told David, “Do all that is on your mind, for God is with you.” [3] But that night the word of God came to Nathan: [4] “Go to David my servant and say, ‘This is what the Lord says: You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in. [5] From the time I brought Israel out of Egypt until today I have not dwelt in a house; instead, I have moved from one tent site to another, and from one tabernacle location to another. [6] In all my journeys throughout Israel, have I ever spoken a word to even one of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, asking: Why haven’t you built me a house of cedar? ’ [7] “So now this is what you are to say to my servant David: ‘This is what the Lord of Armies says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, to be ruler over my people Israel. [8] I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. I will make a name for you like that of the greatest on the earth. [9] I will designate a place for my people Israel and plant them, so that they may live there and not be disturbed again. Evildoers will not continue to oppress them as they have done [10] ever since the day I ordered judges to be over my people Israel. I will also subdue all your enemies. “‘Furthermore, I declare to you that the Lord himself will build a house for you. [11] When your time comes to be with your ancestors, I will raise up after you your descendant, who is one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. [12] He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. [13] I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will not remove my faithful love from him as I removed it from the one who was before you. [14] I will appoint him over my house and my kingdom forever, and his throne will be established forever.’” [15] Nathan reported all these words and this entire vision to David.  [16] Then King David went in, sat in the Lord’s presence, and said, Who am I, Lord God, and what is my house that you have brought me this far? [17] This was a little thing to you, God, for you have spoken about your servant’s house in the distant future. You regard me as a man of distinction, Lord God. [18] What more can David say to you for honoring your servant? You know your servant. [19] Lord, you have done this whole great thing, making known all these great promises for the sake of your servant and according to your will. [20] Lord, there is no one like you, and there is no God besides you, as all we have heard confirms. [21] And who is like your people Israel? God, you came to one nation on earth to redeem a people for yourself, to make a name for yourself through great and awesome works by driving out nations before your people you redeemed from Egypt. [22] You made your people Israel your own people forever, and you, Lord, have become their God. [23] Now, Lord, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and his house be confirmed forever, and do as you have promised. [24] Let your name be confirmed and magnified forever in the saying, “The Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, is God over Israel.” May the house of your servant David be established before you. [25] Since you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build him a house, your servant has found courage to pray in your presence. [26] Lord, you indeed are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. [27] So now, you have been pleased to bless your servant’s house that it may continue before you forever. For you, Lord, have blessed it, and it is blessed forever.

David desired to build a house for the LORD to dwell in. He didn’t feel right that he had a house to dwell, but the LORD only had a tent. So, King David inquired of Nathan the Prophet to see if the LORD was with him for this project. Nathan, without inquiring of the LORD, told David to not only build it but that the LORD was with him. When Nathan returned home that night, the LORD came to him and told him to tell David that he wasn’t to build the LORD a home.

David got the idea, checked it with the prophet, got the prophet’s approval, then was told no. It would have been easy for David to become upset and discouraged. He could have easily become angry and aggressive. Instead, David praised the LORD.

David understood the LORD has good plans for His people. Even though, David had a plan himself, he knew that God’s plan was better. That God’s plan was best. So he didn’t just accept God’s plan, David rejoiced in God’s plan. He praised the LORD.

We all have plans and desires for our lives, so does the LORD. Sometimes, our plans are good, but they aren’t right for us. They’re a good thought, but the wrong outcome. Therefore, we must rejoice and praise, even when God says no. Why? Because there is nothing greater than the plan God has for your life. Therefore, cling to the plan of God regardless of your own. Praise Him for His plans are good and just.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Praise In No.

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