Sunday PM, May 17th, 2020

“Becoming a Person After God’s Own Heart”

“When God Says ‘NO’”

II Samuel 7:1-29

 

This passage describes what were possibly the best days in the life of David. His nation was united and at peace. He was enjoying a time of rest, after all the problems that he had been forced to endure. For David, these days were a time to meditate and reflect on the blessings and the grace of God. As he meditated on the Lord and the Law, a dream was born in his heart. He wanted to build God a permanent dwelling place.

Since the time the Tabernacle had been built during the days of Moses, God’s presence had dwelt in the Holy of Holies of that temporary place. David wanted to give the Lord a proper, permanent place to manifest His glorious presence. The only problem with this dream is that God said “No !” David’s reaction to God’s “No” is something we should all take to heart.

What do you do when God says “No” ? I think David shows us what we are supposed to do when God looks at our dream and says “No, that is not My plan for your life.”

 

I. The Desire David Expressed, vs. 1-3.

As David sat in his palace, he felt guilty that he lived in the lap of such luxury when the presence of God lived inside of a tent. David believed that a God of such glory should have a house befitting His majesty. This was a good desire and David was praised by the Lord for having this dream.

David is not asking for anything at this point, his desire is not to receive, but to give. He wants to give something back to God Who has given him everything. That ought to be the desire of every redeemed heart today. We could never possibly repay the Lord for all that He has done for us. Thankfully, He has not asked us to ! But, there should be a desire within us to see Him honored and glorified, regardless of the cost.

David had no ulterior motives in wanting to build the Lord a house. His desire was to see the Lord glorified and honored. He wanted God to be exalted and he wanted the Lord to receive the glory and honor that He deserved. David possessed a godly desire.

It is good to have a dream, but we need to be certain that our dreams are from the Lord. While David had a good, gracious, godly dream, his dream was not from the Lord. His dream turned out to be his own creation and not the will of God.

 

II. The Denial David Experienced, vs. 4-17.

God seems to be saying in verses 5-7 that David’s dream to build a temple was not from the Lord. It had originated within the heart of David. As I said, the motives were right, but the dream was man’s and not God’s !

But when God says “No” to David, He doesn’t just shatter David’s dream and leave him with a broken heart. When God says “No”, He tempers His no with some very precious words that are designed to soothe the heart of David. Let’s look at those words and get some help for our own times when God says “No”.

A. The Denial Was Tempered by God’s Provisions, vs. 8-11a. Instead of allowing David to give to Him, God turned everything around and gave to David. He reminds David of His great grace in taking him from leading the sheep, to leading the nation. God, in His grace, took a nobody and made a somebody out of him. Notice verse 9. God tells David that He has made him a celebrity ! Everybody knows who David is ! David is reminded that he has been made the partaker of God’s rest, God’s peace, God’s victory and God’s power.

B. The Denial Was Tempered by God’s Promises, vs. 11b-15. David had a desire to build a house for the Lord, but God tells David that He (God) is going to build David’s house, v. 11. In verses 12-15 the terms of the Davidic Covenant are given. God promises David that he will have a son. This son will walk with the Lord and he will be treated as a son by God. He will be established in his kingdom and he will be chastened when necessary. God tells David that this son will build a house for God ! Surely these promises brought peace to the heart of King David.

C. The Denial Was Tempered by God’s Plans, vs. 16-17. God is saying, “David, you want to build me a house, but I am telling you that I am going to build up your house. I will establish your throne forever !” What a promise !

Sometimes God says “No” to our plans. When He does, it is not to defeat us or to discourage us. He does it because He has something far better than we could have ever imagined planned for us.

David thought he would build a temple and that would be the end of it. He found out that it was not God’s will for him to build a temple. He also found out that God had some things planned for his future that he never could have dreamed up on his own. God always has the best plan !

When God says “No” to your dreams and plans, it is because He has something far better in mind for you. This was David’s discovery. It will be our experience as well. The Lord always has the best plan !

 

III. The Devotion David Exhibited, vs. 18-29.

What was David’s response to God’s “No” ? These closing verses reveal that his response was one of utter devotion to the Lord. I believe that these words reveal what our response should as well.

Notice what David did. In verse 18, he went in and “sat down before the Lord.” In verse 20, like a little child, he referred to himself in the third person. In verse 18, he acknowledged the fact that he was unworthy of such a blessing. In verse 19-22, David praised the Lord for His blessings, His grace and His wonderful love for His children. David, the mighty king, assumed the place of a humble child before the presence of the Lord.

Even though David didn’t get his way in the matter, he was willing to accept God’s plan for his life. His words are filled with praise for the God he loves. Unlike some folks who pout when they don’t get their way, David just praised the Lord because He trusted God to know and to do that which is best all the time !

David accepted God’s promises and acknowledged God’s ability to bring them all to pass. In his prayer, David revealed a heart that was willing to accept God’s plan, even though it was not what he originally wanted to do. The thrust of David’s prayer in verses 27-29 is “thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” No wonder David is called “a man after God’s Own heart.”

 

David wasn’t allowed to build the Temple, but he was allowed to make preparations for the fulfillment of the dream. David prepared all the materials necessary for the construction of the building. David gave Solomon the plans and the instructions necessary. So, in the end, David was still a part of seeing the dream accomplished. It didn’t happen as he planned it, but he still got to be part of God’s plan, and that is a dream come true !

If there is anything for us to remember from this message it is this : sometimes you won’t see your dreams fulfilled until you are willing to let them go. You have to be willing to adopt God’s dream as your own. When that happens, you will get to see those dreams come true !