1Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions:
2How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
3Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
4I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
5Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
(Psalm 132:1-5, King James Version)
House for God
It was his dream. In honor and worship of God, who had so blessed him all of the days of his life, David desired to build a magnificent house for God: "An habitation for the mighty God of Jacob."
It was not a wrong desire, but it would not be accomplished in his days, for God set the task upon David's son, Solomon.
Yet David made preparations and plans so that when Solomon became king, all would be ready for him to begin the building process. Though, in one way, a house for God seems rather foolish, for how can God be housed in any building, yet it was a wondrous plan, for God had chosen, during the wilderness wanderings to "dwell" in the tabernacle. Though of course God, being omnipresent was not contained in the tabernacle, He still showed a visible presence in the form of a cloud by day and a fire by night. So, having a permanent temple was logical step now that Israel occupied the promised land.
Sadly, due to the disobedience of God's people, that temple was destroyed, rebuilt, remodeled, and then destroyed again in 70 AD when the Romans conquered Jerusalem. To this day the temple has not been rebuilt. However, we know from Scripture that one day a temple will again stand in Jerusalem as the center place of worship when Christ returns and sets up His kingdom on this earth.
Does it all seem like a dream? In light of our world today, does it seem as though nothing like that could really take place? Due to the continuous conflicts in the Mid East, it is hard to imagine, is it not? However, what has been prophesied in the Bible will come to pass; the reign of Christ will take place. Even more exciting, when God builds the new heavens, the new earth, and the new Jerusalem, God's kingdom will last forever.
It is easy for us, as believers, to get so involved in our day to day lives that, though we know the teachings of God's Word, we do not really think it will happen in our lifetime. Remember, that most people at the time of Christ's birth went right on with their lives, not knowing that Christ, the Son of God, had come to this earth. Even when Jesus began His public ministry, most lived their lives, totally unaffected by His presence. How sad!
As believers, let us never lose sight of the promises in Scripture; let us not live our days as though this is all there is. For the promises of God are sure; they will come to pass exactly as foretold. Let us, then, live our lives fully aware that each day may be our last. Christ could come today! And, if He does not, yet our true future lies ahead of us when all of the sorrows of this life will pass away. True peace will come to this earth, and it will last forever!
What an amazing God we serve!
God Bless You,