A Place for the Lord
I Chronicles 29:1 “. . . for the palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.”
God did not allow David to build a permanent worship center for the nation Israel. It occurred to me as I read through II Samuel and I Chronicles that David’s heart was such that he could and did worship God where ever he found himself. Now, he did not always do it properly, as in the moving of the Ark to Jerusalem. He was so set on moving it back to a proper place that he did not study how it should be done. Even then, he moved it to Jerusalem rather than to the location of the Tabernacle in Gibean.
Since God knew the longing and motive of King David’s heart, God did something very special. According to I Chronicles 28:19, God allowed David to plan the structure in architectural plans! David then knew what supplies would be required of this magnificent house for God’s worship. As the end of David’s life came near, David handed off the plans and dedicated the job of building the Temple to his son, Solomon. The verse at the beginning of this little “nugget” is a truth for Solomon to grasp tightly as he oversaw the work.
Take time today to read the beautiful psalm-like prayer in I Chronicles 29:11-19 and let the words dwell in your hearts as you find a place for God on his coming Lord’s Day. David built a tent dwelling for the Ark in Jerusalem knowing that someday it would be in the Temple built by Solomon. Perhaps he was thinking of that future day when he also penned the words in Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the House of the Lord.’ ”
From an alter of worship in Job, and households from Abraham to Moses, to the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, to the Temple, to the Church established after the Crucifixion, the most important place to worship is in the heart of the Believer. Yet, we are warned to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. That local assembly place, however, is still for the LORD God, not for us.