09 May, 2014
God’s Covenant With David
1 Chronicles 17 is about God’s covenant with David and David’s prayer in response to the humility this covenant brought to his heart. As I read 1 Chronicles chapter 28, I was reminded of the God I know intimately and how important it is to always read God’s word with and through the Holy Spirit’s eyes. Because it is too easy to take one verse of the Bible by itself and run with it while we build our spiritual lives, falsely on them. It was certainly one of the downfalls of the Israelites, they truly enjoyed God’s promises and could careless about God’s divine purposes that accompany those promises. The truth is, no matter which promise of God we claim, the end result has to be about His purpose and not ours.
When you read the first part of the 1 Chronicles 17’s chapter, it seems as if God is saying that He will bless David’s line forever, no matter what happened and how odious David’s descendant would be to God. As we grow spiritually with God, we find that there is always another verse in the Bible that serves as the other side of the same coin. ‘ALWAYS!’ Not only that, as we grow, we find that God’s word expands, so much more, sometimes it is easy to see it, but, most of the time only the Holy Spirit can expand our mind and enlarge our heart to take in more of the revelation of His word within us.
Today, I could not help smiling when I read 1 Chronicles 28:7-9, because once again, He shows Himself as the God I know personally and intimately. Through these verses, David explained the conditions of God’s promise would depend on Solomon’s walk with God. One thing that was not so obvious to me before, is the fact that I can see these days when I read my Bible, how much of God’s grace permeates the Old Testament. God is amazing and He is so constant yesterday, today and forever.
If we want to go further, this promise had more hidden meaning and was also a reference to the prophecy to be fulfilled through Christ as our High Priest. Isaiah 9: 6-7 “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”
Luke “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,”
When we read 1 Chronicles 28:9 we see the need to be very careful, what we think we know might be the very stumbling block that causes us not to accept what the Holy Spirit wants us to take in. I mean by that, if your hidden motives are not toward God and His divine purpose, make no mistake you cannot fool Him and no matter how we slice it, we reject Him. If you insist on having your way in living a shallow kind of Christianity, you only allow your heart to be stubborn and hard because you want your own desires to prevail. “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.”
I am so grateful that He searches, knows and understands every desire and thoughts that I process. This is so important to our walk with Him. Even when I do not see the path ahead of me and even when I do not understand how He is leading or whether I am on the right path, I know I can count on Him because He is just, merciful, good, holy, majestic and awesome. But I also know the thoughts and desires of my heart will always be before Him and I will be lead by Him to reach the proper destination according to His purpose and His will. Not because my heart is that good, on the contrary, sometimes I am scared when He shows me how bad each of us is capable of being, but my peace and rest comes from the fact that in spite of my flaws, He knows that, at the end of the day, I am wholly devoted to Him.
Hebrews 3:6 “But Christ is faithful as the Son over God's house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”