I declare to you that the LORD will build a house for you … I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father and he will be my son. (1 Chronicles 17: 10-12).
David wanted to build a temple for the Lord to house the ark of the covenant. But God sent Nathan to tell him that David was not to God a house, but that God would build a house for David. What an interesting switcher-roo. In fact, God said that He would make one of David’s son His own Son and that Son would build a eternal house for God and the Son would reign on an eternal throne. The earthly pre-fulfillment of this promise came in Solomon’s lifetime when Solomon built the first physical temple. The the real fulfillment came in Jesus Christ. Jesus was a descendant in the line of David. And He truly was God’s Son. He suffered and was crucified, but now He reigns with the Father in heaven forever. He is building a house for God through believers. Each believer is a living stone being built up into a spiritual temple for God, in which He lives by His Holy Spirit in us!
Praise the Lord, for Your amazing promise and Your faithful fulfillment of it. Praise You that I get to be part of that fulfillment. I am a living stone. Establish Your throne as You reign in me. Be exalted, O God, and live and glorify Your name in me as a living stone in Your temple. Praise You, Lord, that You live in me. Praise You for Your wonderful Son, Jesus Christ! Praise You for Your faithfulness and for the honor of Your name. Help me to remember all throughout the day that I am a temple of God built by Your Son, Jesus Christ.