God Promises to Build David a House

Flush with victory and filled with pride in his accomplishments, King David grandiloquently declares that he will build the Lord a magnificent house: a temple.  Yet God declines the king’s offer.  “I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day,” says the Lord, “but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle” (v. 6).  Instead, God promises to build David a house (v. 11).  What the Lord has in mind is not a physical structure, but rather a spiritual dynasty: “Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever” (v. 16).