1 Chronicles 17.1-12 – The Glory of God and our nothingness.
Posted: 25 August 2011 in 1 Chronicles

Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains. Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee. And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in: For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel….. And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever.

God, of course, has a purpose in making his promise to David, and David’s response, futher on in the chapter, includes an acknowledgement that whatever God decrees will surely come to pass – including the establishment of the Davidic monarchy. God’s promise then comes to its final realisation with the birth of Christ.

Although David is commended for his desire in wanting to build a temple to glorify God, he is reminded that only God can do justice to his own infinite glory in glorifying himself. Even a biblical hero like David failed to grasp the simple fact that the only way we creatures can glorify God is through humility, and through submission to both his will and revealed Word (revealed in both the person of Christ and the Bible). No man can add to God’s glory, and no man can take away from it except on pain of eternal destruction. (The final verses of Revelation.)

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