God honored the heart behind David\’s plan to build him a house, but it wasn\’t for David to do. God had other plans in mind for the house that needed to be built.
David learned some hard lessons when he brought the Ark to Jerusalem. That doesn\’t surprise us though; the presence of God is nothing to be toyed with and must be sought in the way he has prescribed in his word.
God\’s people must do good deeds. In order to do good in a world filled with violence and selfishness, kindness must rule.
A central element to David\’s living with a heart after God\’s was that he made decisions based upon principle. If we want to please God and \”do all his will\”, then we need to learn to do the same.
The story of David is the story of a man who lived an ugly life at many times from a human perspective, but was beautiful in the eyes of God. We may think that our story is stained with too much failure, but by the grace of God we can find beauty in a life …
The opening scenes of the book of Samuel introduce the theme that runs throughout — God sees the plight of the lowly and he seeks to lift up all who look to him.