King David lives in a posh palace in Jerusalem. Opulence for his majesty! But he feels bad. The Ark of the Covenant resides in a tent. Nothing permanent or pretentious. Mirror-opposite of David’s regal abode.
Doesn’t God need a suitable place for worship? It’s just not right! David grouses to Prophet Nathan– ‘Here I am, living in a palace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent’ (2 Samuel 7:2). Without missing a beat, Nathan says to go for it–‘Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you’ (v.3).
David, delighted to hear of God’s approval, nods off for a restful sleep. But not Nathan. It’s like he ate too many namesake hot dogs at Coney Island on the 4th of July! He gets clear word from the Lord– ‘I never told you that I needed a home to live in. Tell the King to call off the construction crew! By the way, Nathan, next time consult me first before you mouth off’ (Fischer paraphrase!).
We shouldn’t be too hard on Nathan. How many times have I done the same? Open my big mouth before seeking His will. Making a decision, without first checking it out with God. Praying for His direction long after I have headed out on my own, begging God to clean up my mess.
Consult the Lord first and foremost! Not last but least. Do this because you know in your heart that His will is always best. A holy habit of talking with Jesus… before anyone else.
Hot dog! That’s the way to go! Certainly Nathan agrees!
Thank you, Lord, for being there to direct us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.