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Good vs. Best

Does The Ark of the Lord need a building? King David thinks so. David realized he had a beautiful place to live but the Ark of the Lord was housed in a tent. He felt he should build a permanent structure for the ark.

As we continue in the life of David, we find David wanting to do a good thing. The Ark of the Lord has always dwelt in a tent. Remember when we talked about when the tabernacle and the ark was made? If you missed it look here.

David loves the Lord God and wants to do things to please Him. He decides that a house for the Lord would be a good thing to build. I think David had a plan for a huge magnificent building. He may have started drawing up the plans. David was wise and before he began what he thought was a good thing to do, he spoke with God’s prophet.

He told the prophet Nathan of his plan, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under tent curtains.” 

Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.” (1Chronicles 17:1-2)
The Lord had  a different intent. The word of God came to Nathan that night and told him to tell David what He had in mind. The Lord said He never asked for a building made with hands. The Lord has dwelt in a tent that was designed by Himself. Through the years, when the children of Israel were in the wilderness, even when they were in the land with the judges shepherding His people, He didn’t ask for a building to be made.

The Lord gave a special promise to David. First, He reminded David how He had made David prosper. David’s name is great throughout the Land.
Then God told David that He will one day have a permanent building that David’s son would build. “Your son shall build Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his Father, and he shall be my son; and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. And I will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever.” (1 Chronicles 17: 12-14)

David’s son who was not born yet would be the next king and build the house of the Lord. David would gather all the materials but would not start construction. It was a good thing David wanted to do, but the best thing was for him to gather the materials and let his son take on the challenge. The Lord had his purpose for doing it this way. It was the best way.

Sometime in your life you will want to do something good for the Lord but the Lord will have you do something different. The way the Lord wants for you will be the best thing for you to do. We need to make sure that we do the best for the Lord not just what seems good for us to do. To choose what is best over what is good takes a lot of prayer and seeking God’s will in our life.

Don’t settle for doing a good thing when you can do the best thing.

David was excited to see what the Lord was going to do. He praised the Lord and you can read his praise in 1 Chronicles 17:16-27. There are familiar words that have been put into songs to the Lord: O Lord, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You… 1 Chronicles 17:20a.

That is a wonderful praise verse. Please memorize it: 1 Chronicles 17:20a. O Lord, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.

Verses in NKJV unless otherwise stated


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