2 Samuel 7
David wanted to build a permanent temple for the ark where the presence of God might reside, but God said no. Later we learn more about why God said no, but in this chapter, God’s response is primarily that He doesn’t need a permanent dwelling place, He hasn’t had one up to now, and that He is going to establish David’s family line forever as kings of Israel.
David wanted to build a house for God, but God said, “No, but I will build your house.”
Often our faith is about what we want to do for God. We want to serve God. We want to worship God. We view our giving, our service, and our worship as if we are doing something FOR God.
As if the God who created the universe needs my monthly check, or my off-key singing, or my hands to serve those in need.
Our message series for the next several weeks at The Summit Church is on prayer and this weekend’s message focused on how the foundation of our prayer life is not self-discipline, but desperation. In the same way, we don’t give because God needs our gifts; we give because we need to remind ourselves that God provides for all our needs. We don’t sing and raise our hands because God needs us to do so, but because we desperately need to pour out the praise that fills us to overflowing because of what God has done for us. We don’t serve because there are people in need and God needs us to help them, we serve because God offers us the opportunity to glimpse His amazing work in their lives as we serve.
When we stop thinking of our relationship with God in terms of the things we do for God, our perspective shifts from earning God’s favor (as if we could ever do enough, give enough, or worship enough to outweigh all our transgressions) to pouring out gratitude for what God has already done for us and for what He has promised for our future.