Day 149 – May 29, 2021
Scriptures: 2 Samuel 7-9, Psalm 21
“But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’ ”” (2 Samuel 7:15–16, TNIV)
“For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.” (Psalm 21:7, TNIV)
David sets to build a house for the Lord. God doesn’t appear to need it, nor desire it, but seems to comply with David’s desire to do so. God’s rhetorical point seems to be, why try to contain me, I’ve gone with you wherever you go? Why isolate me to one spot? But God will honor David’s heart, that appears to be well intended. He looks at the opulence of his dwelling and desires something great for the God who has been faithful to him.
God then shares the covenant promise with David. “Your kingdom will endure forever.” As Christians we hear messianic tones. It’s not that David will live forever, but his throne will endure. In Jesus we know that we have the enduring king, the throne that established forever is none other than Jesus’ throne, who is born in the line of David.
What David says of his throne, is true of Jesus’ “the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High, he will not be shaken.”
In chapter 9, David remembers Mephibosheth. He is the son of his dear friend Jonathan. The story points towards David looking to honor God, as well as honor his dear friend Jonathon. David understands the miraculous work of God in his life, and desires to honor God and Jonathon who helped him. Mephibosheth, lowly and lame, is now seated at the table of the king.
Much like David towards Mephibosheth, Jesus looks to the lowly and lame, and lifts us up and invites us to his table. Jesus’ throne is established forever. King Jesus’ reign is marked by His trust in the Lord, and believes in the unfailing love of God. This kingdom cannot be shaken. He lifts the lowly, and remembers the promises of God.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.