1 Chronicles 17:16-17
The UK, if you listen to the national news, is undoubtedly in a state of chaos. Reading through 1 Chronicles it becomes obvious that God is a God of order. That leads one to recognise that the UK in chaos is a symptom of the UK being in a position of Godlessness.
The UK’s Conservative Governments focus, and what the Prime Minister considers the most urgent issues for this nation, is their obsession with promoting, and legislating for more support and encouragement to LGBT, transgender and gender fluidity. This is a high priority on the agenda, and it will add to the chaos the nation is already swirling around in.
Sex and aggression are visibly evident in all stratus of society, from the religious and political arena down to street level. A man is in bed having sex with the mother of a seven-year old boy. He is her ‘new’ partner. Her son is in the room with them and is bewildered and perplexed at what is happening. He never witnessed anything like this even when his mother and father lived together. The adults continue in their abandonment to self-gratification regardless of the child, and the affect they are having on this young life. Self-control is an old-fashioned concept and behaviour. The man and the woman have carried into the boy’s home what they had been doing in secret on the shop floor, and in the office for many months. Because society is, in reality, worshipping the Beast, societal patterns of behaviour are becoming increasingly that of the Beast. The TV soaps and reality TV are possessed with intimate sexual displays. Lesbian and gay sex and relationships are lawful in our enlightened times, and openly encouraged by Prime Minister May. If anything of the Christian religion is included in a TV drama, the characters are generally weak and insipid, unable to resist sexual temptation; and God is irrelevant anyway. What a contrast it all is to King David sitting before the Lord in reverence and humility.
The book of Chronicles is concerned with worshipping God in a reverent, humble, worshipful and orderly way. David’s humility toward God is expressed as he bows before Him in prayer. He recognises all that he has and all that he is, is down to God’s love, goodness, grace, and mercy. David had been taken from the sheep-folds, to feed God’s people Israel; and he had received a promise from God, that the kingdom should be perpetuated in his family to distant generations. All the victories in battle, his rise to kingship, all were provided because of and by the God of Israel. How different to the situation in Britain in our day. Those that speak of the ascent of man are blind to reality.
In the chaos, God is working out His purposes, preparing to speak into being, a new creation. God’s order will prevail over and above the New World Order. The empire of man and the antichrist will end in destruction. God shows David a glimpse of the distant future, and the Kingdom that is eternal. “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne” (Acts 2:29-30).
David went in and sat before the Lord, probably in the tent containing the Ark of God.
Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
“Who am I, Lord God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, my God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You, Lord God, have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men.
“What more can David say to you for honouring your servant? For you know your servant, Lord. For the sake of your servant and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made known all these great promises.
“There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth whose God went out to redeem a people for himself, and to make a name for yourself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? You made your people Israel your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.
“And now, Lord, let the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house be established forever. Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty, the God over Israel, is Israel’s God!’ And the house of your servant David will be established before you.
“You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.”
David prayed, “Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever”, reminding me of Mary’s response to the angel – “May it be done to me according to Your word” (Luke 1:38).
We can proclaim and praise Him that – “There is no one holy like the LORD, Indeed, there is no one besides You, nor is there any rock like our God” (1 Samuel 2:2).
Read through 2 Samuel Ch.7 also.
It seems quite likely that David came to the realization that the promise included the coming of one much Greater than Solomon, and that the true temple of God was in heaven. The Messianic promises found in many of the Psalms, particularly those written by David, prove this ultimate understanding on David's part, where he speaks of a Temple not made by the hand of man, but by God Himself.
Although King David was not allowed by God to build the Temple, God blessed him for having it on his heart to do so. “My father David had it on his heart to build a temple for the Name of the Lord, the God of Israel. But the Lord said to my father David, ‘Because it was in your heart to build a temple for my Name, you did well to have this in your heart” (2 Chronicles 6:7-8). We can take comfort and encouragement from this in our own lives, when things we have had on our hearts to do for the Lord have not come to fruition. We might be so absorbed with disappointment and despondency that we fail to hear God blessing us for having it on our hearts.
God works with His hands, fulfilling His Word
Jesus, God Incarnate, worked with His hands. He was a carpenter, and He was a healer of men. He touched with His hands and spoke with His mouth and His word was fulfilled. Solomon breaks out into praise, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who with His hands has fulfilled what He promised with His mouth to my father David.” (2 Chronicles 6:4).
Jesus promised His disciples, “…I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). His promises are not empty promises, but are packed full with life and truth. God cannot lie, and He does not promise what He can’t fulfil. Jesus, according to His Word, will come again, and He will be seated on the throne of David in the eternal Kingdom reign of God. Israel’s Messiah and God of all the earth will rule from His throne in the New Jerusalem. “…and He will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15; Exodus 15:18; Psalm 146:10).
May God bless you as you read, study, and proclaim His Word.
God willing, the next article will be in September 2017.
Blessings and Shalom,
Malcolm [26th July 2017