Sometimes we will be the one God calls to get something done. Not every time though. Sometimes we will be used as the setup man who gets everything ready and lined up so that the person God is bringing to get it done will have all the resources and instructions they need to get it done.
An example comes out of today’s reading. David had a call to become king for Israel and to lead them. However, because of all the battles David had to fight there was blood on his hands and so God had chosen to use Solomon, David’s son to build the temple of the Lord. God gave David the floor plans and the resources that would be sufficient to build it, however, He chose Solomon to be the one to build it.
It’s ok to be the one! It’s ok to be the setup person! God’s got a plan and a purpose for each of us and we need to be ok with that! He knows our hearts and our minds better than we do and will use us if we will allow Him for even greater good.
Adonai’s Promise to David
1Now it came about when the king lived in his palace and Adonai had granted him rest from all his enemies around him, 2that the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, yet the ark of God remains within curtains.” 3“Go, do all that is in your heart,” Nathan said to the king, “for Adonai is with you.” 4But it came to pass the same night that the word of Adonai came to Nathan saying: 5“Go, tell My servant David: Thus says Adonai: Are you to build Me a house for Me to dwell in? 6Since the day that I brought up the children of Israel from Egypt to this day I have not dwelt in a house, but have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle. 7In all My journeying among all the children of Israel, did I ever speak a word to any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’ 8So now, thus you shall say to My servant David: Thus says Adonai-Tzva’ot: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. 9I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make your name as great as the greatest on earth. 10I will also set up a place for My people Israel and will plant them, so they may dwell in their own place and not be disturbed again. Nor will the children of wickedness afflict them anymore as in the past, 11since the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. So I will give you rest from all your enemies. “Moreover, Adonai declares to you that Adonai will make a house for you. 12When your days are done and you sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your seed, who will come forth from you after you, and I will establish his kingdom. 13He will build a house for My Name, and I will establish his royal throne forever. 14I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me. If he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and with the strokes from sons of men. 15Yet My lovingkindness will not be withdrawn from him as I withdrew it from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16So your house and your kingship will be secure forever before you; your throne will be established forever.” 17Just so Nathan spoke all these words and all this vision to David. 18Then King David went in and sat before Adonai and said, “Who am I, my Lord Adonai, and what is my family, that You have brought me this far? 19Yet this was a small thing in Your eyes, my Lord Adonai—for You have spoken also of Your servant’s house for the distant future. This is a revelation for humanity, my Lord Adonai. 20What more can David add in speaking to You? For You already know Your servant, my Lord Adonai. 21For the sake of Your word and according to Your own heart, You have done everything great, revealing this to Your servant. 22Therefore You are great, my Lord Adonai! For there is none like You, and there is no other God besides You, as we all have heard with our ears. 23What one nation on earth is like Your people, like Israel, whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people, to make for Himself a Name, to do for You a great thing and awesome deeds for Your land, before Your people whom You redeemed for Yourself from Egypt—driving out nations and their gods? 24So You established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your very own people forever, and You, Adonai, have become their God. 25“So now, my Lord Adonai, confirm the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house forever, and do as You have promised. 26Let Your Name be magnified forever by saying, ‘Adonai-Tzva’ot is God over Israel!’ May the house of Your servant David be established before You. 27For You, Adonai-Tzva’ot God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore Your servant has found his heart to pray this prayer to You. 28So now, my Lord Adonai, You alone are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised Your servant this good thing. 29So now let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, to continue forever before You. For You, my Lord Adonai, have spoken, and with Your blessing Your servant’s house will be blessed forever.”
–from 2 Samuel 7
God is faithful! God’s Word is something that is firm and we can stand on it! When He says it, you can take that to the bank for He is faithful and will come thru with His promises.
Consider God’s promises! Consider God’s promises to you! Take a hold of it! Be encouraged!
It’s not about rules and regulations, it’s about having a living relationship with God! If you haven’t already started, why not call on Him and ask Him into your heart and start the incredible journey and relationship for the rest of eternity!
Covenant Promise to David
1After David settled in his place, David said to Nathan the prophet, “Look! I am living in a house of cedar, while the Ark of the Covenant of Adonai is under a tent.” 2Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.” 3But that same night the word of God came to Nathan, saying: 4“Go and tell David My servant, thus says Adonai, ‘You are not to build Me a house in which to dwell. 5For I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel out to this day. I have gone from tent to tent, and from one dwelling to another. 6Wherever I went throughout all Israel, did I ever speak a word to any of the judges of Israel whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, “Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?”’ 7“So now, say this to My servant David, ‘Thus says Adonai Tzva’ot, I took you from the pasture and from following the sheep, to be prince over My people Israel. 8I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. I will make your name like the names of the great ones that are in the earth. 9I wil establish a place for My people Israel, and plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and shall tremble no more. Violent people will no longer wear them down, as they did formerly, 10from the days I ordered judges to be over My people Israel. I will subdue all your enemies.’ “‘Moreover, I declare to you that Adonai will build you a house. 11It will be that when your days are fulfilled to go with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12He will build a house for Me and I will establish his throne forever. 13I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me, I will not withdraw My lovingkindness from him, as I withdrew it from the one who ruled before you. 14I will appoint him over My House and My kingdom forever, and his throne will be established forever.’” 15According to all these words and according to all this vision, Nathan spoke to David. 16Then King David went in and sat before Adonai, and said, “Who am I, Adonai Elohim, and what is my family, that You have brought me thus far? 17And this was not enough in Your eyes, O God! You have spoken about the future of Your servant’s household. You have regarded me as the most distinquished of men, Adonai Elohim. 18“What more can David say to You for honoring Your servant? For You know Your servant. 19Adonai, for the sake of Your servant and according to Your own heart, You have done all these great things, to reveal all Your greatness. 20“Adonai, there is none like You and there is no other god besides You, as we have heard with our own ears. 21And who is like Your people Israel—the one nation on earth whom God went out to redeem as a people for Himself and to make a Name for Yourself by great and awesome deeds, by driving out nations from before Your people, whom You redeemed from Egypt? 22You made Your people Israel Your own people forever, and You, Adonai, became their God. 23“Now, Adonai, may the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house be confirmed forever. Do as You have spoken 24so that it might be established and Your Name might be magnified forever, saying, ‘Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God.’ Then the house of David Your servant will be established before You. 25“You, my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build a house for him. So Your servant has found courage to pray before You. 26Now, Adonai, You are God! You have promised this good thing to Your servant. 27Now You are willing to bless the house of Your servant, so that it may continue forever before You, for it is You, Adonai who have blessed, and it is blessed forever!”
–from 1 Chronicles 17
God knows who you are! God knows your name! He knows Your every thought! He sees each tear that falls and hears you when you call! He is mindful of you!
1A psalm of David. Adonai is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. 4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me: Your rod and Your staff comfort me. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows. 6Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of Adonai forever.
— from Psalms 23
So be respectful! Live a life so that you will be honoring to others! As the commandments can be summarized by Love God and Love people, let’s choose to love them every day! Not picking favorites but loving everyone as Jesus loves us!
Giving Honor in the Community
1Never speak harshly to an older man but appeal to him as a father; to younger men as brothers; 2older women as mothers; and younger women as sisters—with complete purity. 3Honor widows who are really widows—4but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to show devotion to their own home and give back to their parents, for this is pleasing before God. 5Now she who is really a widow and has been left alone, has put her hope in God and continues in petitions and prayers night and day. 6But she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7Insist on these things, so that they might be beyond criticism. 8But if anyone does not provide for his own, especially those in his own house, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9Let a widow be listed only if she is at least sixty, was the wife of one husband, 10well known for good deeds, if she raised children, if she showed hospitality, if she washed the feet of the kedoshim, if she helped those in trouble, and if she devoted herself to every good work. 11But refuse younger widows; for when their sensual desires draw them away from the Messiah, they want to get married— 12facing judgment because they have set aside their previous pledge. 13And at the same time, they also learn to be idle, going around from house to house—and not just idle, but also gossipers and busybodies, saying things they should not. 14Therefore, I want the younger widows to get married, have children, manage a household, and give no opportunity to the enemy for slander. 15For some have already gone astray after satan. 16If any woman of faith has widows in need, let her help them and not let the community be burdened, so it may help the real widows. 17The elders who lead well are worthy of honor and honorarium—especially those who work hard in the word and teaching. 18For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and, “The worker is worthy of his wage.” 19Do not accept an accusation against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20Correct those who continue sinning in the presence of everyone, so that the rest also may fear. 21I solemnly charge you—before God and Messiah Yeshua and the chosen angels—to observe these things without taking sides, doing nothing out of favoritism. 22Do not lay hands on anyone hastily or take part in the sins of others—keep yourself pure. 23(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach and for your frequent ailments.) 24The sins of some people are obvious, going before them into judgment; but for others, their sins follow. 25Likewise, good deeds are obvious, and the others cannot stay hidden.
–from 1 Timothy 5