2 CHRONICLES 6
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7 Now it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of Yahweh Elohim of Israel.
8 But Yahweh said to David my father, Forasmuch as it was in thine heart to build an house for my name, thou didst well in that it was in thine heart:
The "devising of liberal things" is always acceptable to God. We have here a possibility of reaching a high mark in His favour. It is much decried in our day. Spiritual enterprise is quenched by the children of the flesh under various specious pleas. Big ideas and small purses don't go well together. This is the sort of water-hose they turn on. But the fire kindled from the altar cannot be put out.
"Thou didst well that it was in thine heart."
What is in the heart will struggle even through a small purse sometimes. It is not the big purses and small ideas that do the work or give pleasure to God.
Out of David's voluntary scheme for honouring God came a result of recompense which was David's comfort to the day of his death, and in which we have a personal interest by the gospel. David referred to it in his "last words."
"God hath made with me an everlasting covenant, which is all my salvation and all my desire."
This covenant was communicated by the prophet who brought word from God that David was not to build the house.
"Thou shalt not build Me an house: Yahweh will build thee an house . . . thy house and thy kingdom shall continue for ever before Me."
"Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne."
This covenant, though bearing on Solomon, had ultimate reference to Christ, as David's own last words show, and as was plainly declared by Peter on the day of Pentecost. God had promised to Abraham the everlasting establishment of his seed as a great nation in the land of promise. God now opens to view in the covenant made with David the means by which the greater purpose is to be accomplished. The house of David is made the royal house of the nation; a son of David is to be Yahweh's anointed, by whom its whole work is to be done.
And we, brethren, if our faith and obedience are such as to be well pleasing to Him, are this man's brethren and joint-heirs. In him, God had made with us "an everlasting covenant, even the sure mercies of David," as promised (Isa. 55:3); and we look forward to participating with him in the glory and honour and immortality of David's throne in the age he will introduce at his coming. It is a great future, and would be a presumptuous and an insane expectation if it did not rest upon God's own promise by Christ. It does so rest.
40 Now, my Elohim, let, I beseech thee, thine eyes be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.
He went before the ark of the Lord, and offered thanks and prayer. We need this lesson.
Performing "devotions" and "saying" prayers has become such a rank abomination in our age - matter of dead formalism and hideous superstition - that we are liable, by reaction, to be carried into the opposite extreme, and to become prayerless and heartless men, and, therefore, such as Elohim cannot regard with any satisfaction.
Of this, we must beware.
Prayer is the most ennobling and the most beautiful act of high reason in the universe, notwithstanding the abominations with which it has become associated. It is the expression of fully developed and instructed intellect.
41 Now therefore arise, O Yahweh Elohim, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O Yahweh Elohim, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.