How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
I wonder if you are like me sometimes…
I feel like I often try to go “above and beyond” what God asks of me just to please Him.
For example, do you do more in ministry then you feel you’ve been asked by God to do? Before you read on,
THINK ABOUT IT…
I had an interesting revelation I’d like to share with you today. It sort of brought back something a friend of mine said to me years ago-
” If you allow yourself to get tired and weary from serving God, might I just say to you, that maybe its no longer God you are serving.”
I recently became overwhelmed with some part of my life recently, and wondered why God would make somethings SO hard to accomplish if its FOR HIM…
I had a friend tell me point blank the other day,
” You have a good heart, but you should just do what God asks.” WOW.
So the question then that I asked God driving to work the other day was HOW do I know what He wants me to do,
and it not be MY idea? While reading 2 Samuel 7 the other night He responded. And with a sense of humor I might add.
The title of this passage of scripture reads, ” God’s Promise to David” , which I thought was interesting after I read on.
We find David sitting in his palace resting after God kept the enemies from him. In his conversation to Nathan the prophet we can see his beautiful heart for God.
“Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”(2 sam 7:2)
I love how God responds by speaking to Nathan, the prophet:
Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling. 7 Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” ‘
I want to catch what God spoke in 2 Samuel 7:7…
” Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepard my people Israel, ” Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”
What I learned in reading this scripture is that God knew David’s heart, and He loved Him for it…However, In a way God was also trying to have David understand that doing anything more than He asks is NOT what He asks.
If we are trying to please God more than He asks of us, are we REALLY still pleasing God?
The answer is NO.
God responds further to Nathan the Prophet, and this time in regards to His plan for David.
8 “Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men of the earth.
(2 Sam 7:8-9)
God is sharing with Nathan here that David doesn’t need to be concerned of how much he can do for God, he just needed to be who God wanted him to be.
The same goes for us, God’s plan is perfect, and all we are doing now in our lives is because of Him.
We want to remain in His plan for us, and not go ahead of Him.