Having gained the upper hand over their arch enemies, the Philistines, David, that great king of the Jews, the same David who is famous for defeating of Goliath with a stone flung from a sling, decided it was time to build a house to honor the name of their God, Jehovah.
In the Old Testament, God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ revealed Himself by the name Jehovah. Having exalted the name, Jesus above every other name, however (Philippians 2:9), now we best know Him as Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So then, David broached the matter to Nathan the Prophet, the same Nathan who, many years later would reprove David for adultery, and murder of Uriah, husband to Bathsheba. You see then, that at timing of events in question, as yet, David was without any deliberate, malicious, or intentional sin in sight of The Father.
Naturally, as reasonably could be expected of a man whose life was devoted to service of The Father, Nathan the Prophet was excited, responded to David as follows in 2 Samuel 7:2.
Go, do all that is in your heart; for the Lord is with you.
While Nathan slept that night, The Father spoke to him, asked him whether in all of the years since He delivered Israel out of Egypt, He ever had asked for a house made of wood in which to dwell? Note The Father is deliberate in His emphasis on the fact that the house to be built was to be built with wood.
Guess if you are light (1 John 1:5) and yet are able to shroud yourself in darkness (Psalm 18:10–11; Psalm 97:1–2), and speak through lightning and thunder (Psalm 18:13), a house made of wood is nothing but an anachronism.
But then again, guess Jehovah does indeed have some sense of humor.
So then, The Father directed Nathan to go tell David that, whereas he, the prophet had not seen anything wrong with David building a house to the honor of Jehovah, that He, Jehovah had decided David would not be the one to build a house to the honor of His name.
But wait a minute, did not Jehovah just rib Nathan about never having asked the people of Israel for a house made out of wood in which to dwell?
Why now was He allowing the son to succeed David, Solomon, to build a house to the honor of His name?
Regardless whether an honor is desired, or not, sometimes refusal of a honor ends up in arrival at no honor at all. The Father recognized that, were He to reject the honor, the people not seeing honor — GRANDEUR — in their worship of Jehovah, may, in entirety lose sight of Him. It was best then to allow man’s innate association of worship of God with Grandeur to be actualized.
By the ‘allowance’ of The Father, The Father has declared that building of houses that have GRANDEUR to the honor of His name is a good thing. Regardless then, of the fact that we are to ‘worship The Father in spirit and in truth (John 4:23–24)’, meaning we are able to worship in a wilderness or forest, that is, outside of any house made by man, so long as the people who build honor The Father not only with their lips, but also with their hearts (Matthew 15:8), The Father honors, with His Spiritual Presence (2 Chronicles 7:1), houses that are built to the honor of His name.
We arrive then at an important spiritual reality.
The Father makes clear that just because something is good to do, does not mean He has assigned you to the performance of that specific good. While building of a house to the honor of His name by a righteous person is a good thing, if David had gone ahead and done so, he would have been in disobedience to The Father.
So then, doing of something that is supposed to be good, but which The Father does not want you to do, that is, has assigned to someone else to do, or has decided it is not yet time to do, can put you on the ‘bad’ side of God.
Why then did The Father not allow David build a house to the honor of His name? Well, let us hear David on the matter.
But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to my name, because you have shed so much blood before me upon the earth (1 Chronicles 22:8).
Implications of David’s words?
The principal work that The Father commits to you can exclude you from other kinds of good works to which you might aspire.
When it comes to doing stuff that honors God, stuff that honors the name of Jesus Christ, it is important always to ponder the following words carefully, prayerfully, and in the Holy Spirit.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5–6).
Remember, what is good to do may not necessarily be yours to accomplish. Seek The Father then for the good that you are meant to accomplish. It will be health to your body, strength to your frame, and a prop for your spirit. In Jesus Name. Amen.