MONDAY, MARCH 18
SCRIPTURE:2 Samuel 7
BY: Josh Boles
I am really excited to dive into the chapters we have in front of us this week. Most of our chapters this week deals with David’s victories. As we all know David was a good, and faithful king for Israel. This might be the only time I ever say this, and it does truly hurt my soul to say….. but, Jeremy did a great job with Friday’s devotion.
This week we get to look at David’s success, and it is important to remember what made David so successful. As Jeremy said Friday, he always went back to the point in his relationship with God when he was close to Him. David had a tendency to, no matter what he was going through, to remember the hand of God in his life. We see this become very evident in the Psalms that David wrote.
At the beginning of Chapter 7 we start off with the fact that God had given David “rest” from his enemies. I think the word rest here is important. It is not often that people find rest after a war. There is always remnants of war, and constant threats of our enemies seeking vengeance, but we read in multiple occasions in this chapter that they had rest. I believe this means that David had full trust in the Lord’s promises, and had no fear for any enemy.
How many of us can say this, even after being victorious over battles in our lives? We can also look at the fact that the Lord commanded them to build a “house” for the Ark. There were no regulations on the Ark as to where is should be kept, only that it should come with carrying poles. (see Exodus 25) For many years the Ark, along with the Israelites wondered the desert, were in constant battle, and were even overthrown by enemies on multiple occasions. Now, because of the faithfulness of their leader, David, the will have rest over their enemies.
2 Samuel chapter 7 is an important chapter in God’s story of redemption. We not only see that the Ark will have a permanent home, but that the Lord will build a house for David. We need to know that this “house” is much more symbolic than it is physical. Verse 8-17 carry with it the Messianic promise. The Lord promises to make one family, that of David, the representation of his people forever. We often describe this as the Davidic covenant.
The really cool thing about us observing this is that we are on the other side of the story. We are reading these chapters with Christ in mind. We know that these promises of the Messiah have been fulfilled. Jesus has come, died, was buried, and rose again.
Cedar is good material. It lasts a long time, and can withstand harsh environments. But even cedar will eventually wither away. This is why the promises of 2 Samuel 7 are not bound up in the physical construction of cedar wood, but were symbolic of the covenant between God, and His people.
Just as David did in his prayer, we have to believe that the Words of the Lord are true. We have to believe that His promises will stand. I do not know where you are in your life. Maybe you are coming off of the battle, or maybe you are right in the middle of a battle. Regardless, you should know this. God is preparing a house for you, but in the mean time, he wants to provide your rest from your enemies. Trust in His Word. Trust in His promises!