Monday, January 18, 2010
My God Camps
After God gave David victory over the warring nations around him the land was quiet for a time from the turmoil of war. David got to feeling rather bad that he was living in a cedar house and he wanted to build God a permanent dwelling.
Through the prophet Nathan, God brought this incredible message;
Why do you want to build Me a house? I haven't ever lived in a house! Ever since the children of Israel left Egypt I have only ever moved about in a tent! In all the places where I walked with the children of Israel have I ever asked anyone - even a leader - to build me a fancy house of cedar?
David, I took you from following sheep and now you are the king of Israel. Have I ever left you? No, I have been with you wherever you have gone, removing all enemies and obstacles and I have made you famous on the earth.
But far more than this - I will make a place for my people - permanently planting them - so that they can have a place of their own. Good land with elbow-room. No more nomadic lives shifting here and there. No more will you be homeless hobos abused by bullies bigger then you.
David, listen - I am going to make you a house! You don't need to stress about providing for your descendants either. Because when your days are completed and you go to rest, I will make a solid kingdom for your son, and it will be his life work to build a house for me. I will be his Father, and he will be My son, I will direct his steps and My mercy will not give up on him. Your kingdom will be established forever."
And King David went and sat down on the ground in the tent of the King of the Universe and said; "Who am I . . . O Lord God? And what is my house that You have brought me this far?" And he praised God and accepted the promise. Samuel 7.
My God is not haughty or distant. I do not need to impress Him.
My God enjoys the simple things of life.
My God likes to camp with me.
My God likes to sleep under the stars.