Ancient leaders whose lives came under divine scrutiny or had divine approval are many, even though only a few are celebrated by means of a book named after or written by them. David seems to outshine them all with curious distinction. From young shepherd to bandit king-in-waiting, to songster and builder of a palatial residence for Israel’s God, David rocks. All he ever wanted was to build a place where God would be pleased to live as sung in a pilgrim Psalm.
Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor, all the hardships he endured, how he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.
When Solomon, David’s son, departed from the standards delivered by Moses, God decided to rip up the kingdom, dividing it into two. The northern kingdom would bear the name of Israel (the father of the twelve patriarchs) and the southern kingdom would bear the name of Judah (the patriarch who had pled for Joseph’s life and whose family line was destined to be the house of Messianic revelation). The nation might have felt that a restart like the flood or worse, an overthrow like the Sodom and Gomorrha judgment was in the works, but God’s promises required a living people and due regard for David.
For David’s sake
Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem, (1 Kings 15:4) because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite (1 Kings 15:5).
David, with his blood-soaked hands and Yahweh’s sure mercies, was greater than Solomon and neither of these monarchs is the expected anointed one.
Building a house for Yahweh is an irrelevant and outdated instruction as we have come to understand the requirements for divine residence.
We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.
No building anywhere compares with the human body as residence for God.