With the ark back in Jerusalem, there’s a period of peace for the Israelites. David has his palace, but something is missing in the capital. God comes to Nathan, who is the new prophet in Israel. “Go and say to My servant, to David; so says the Lord: ‘Shall you build Me a house for My dwelling (Samuel II 7:5)?'” It’s been years since the people stopped wandering and put down roots in the land, but God’s dwelling place, the ark, is still impermanent. He has done immeasurable things for the people, and for David specifically, and now he wants a house. “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever (Samuel II 7:13).”
God promises David that no matter how mad He gets at him, it’ll never be like it was with Saul, when God removed Himself from the anointed king. David, and his descendants, will rule Israel forever. David, as always, is humble before God. He immediately agrees to take on the task of building the Temple, the house of God. “And let Your name be magnified forever, that it may be said: ‘The Lord of Hosts is God over Israel; and the house of Your servant David shall be established before You (Samuel II 7:26).”
It’s fitting that this new era for the Israelites is the chapter that I’m reading today, on New Year’s Eve. I wish all of you a Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing what 2016 will bring!