Nevertheless David [Pt.1]

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Intro; When a man has a dream born in his heart, and he continues to think upon that dream, that dream becomes a driving force in his life to see that dream come to fruition.
The Bible gives a few scriptures concerning the heart of man and his dreams.
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
Proverbs 16:9 NKJV
9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
Matthew 12:35 (NKJV)
35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
Proverbs 19:21 NKJV
21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.
We see that the heart can have good or bad desires but in the end, the Lord’s counsel will be accomplished. This morning and tonight we are going to look at a man who the Bible says, “The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart” [1 Sam. 13:14]. That man is David.
Text; 1 Kings 8:17-19
1 Kings 8:17–19 NKJV
17 Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 18 But the Lord said to my father David, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well that it was in your heart. 19 Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.’
Solomon has now completed that which his father David had a desire to do, build a house for the God of Israel. As Solomon dedicates this temple, he reminds all Israel that this was his fathers dream and desire from his heart, but God didn’t allow David to fulfill that dream.
Why didn’t God let David build the temple? [2 Sam. 7]

1. David’s Desire; 1-3

David has been king now for 15 years and was at rest from his enemies. Sitting and enjoying the blessings of God, maybe even looking at the Tabernacle with the Ark of the Covenant in it. David had a desire to bless God for all God had done for him. Maybe David even felt a little guilty living in a palace and the Ark being in a tent.
Everything about David’s desire is good and gracious but it wasn’t necessarily godly! It wasn’t wrong, but it wasn’t what God had planned for David’s life.
There are times we may want to do something for God with the right motives and desires, but it may be outside of God’s will for us to do so. Even when a godly person gives us what seems to be good council to go ahead.
Let me give you a scripture to often taken out of context;
Psalm 37:4 NKJV
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Now look at that scripture in it’s context;
Psalm 37:3–6 NKJV
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.
David had the best of intentions, no doubt he was feeding on God’s faithfulness, and had delighted himself in the Lord, but neither David nor Nathan commited this desire to God before they acted! Never base your decisions on what sounds okay!
1 Corinthians 10:23 NKJV
23 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.

2. God said “No”; 4-9

Though David had good intentions, and Nathan wanted to encourage David because he has followed God, but the answer was still, No!
Let’s look at two reasons God says no to David and some of our dreams as well.
1. God never asked for a house to be built for Him [5-7]
The Ark of the Covenant had been placed in the tent that God had given instruction to Moses to build, and God was just fine with that.
Exodus 25:8–9 NKJV
8 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. 9 According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.
There is nothing wrong with wanting a beautiful church building, a place that reflects the glory of God and the way we desire to honor him in worship.But unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.
God prefers this tabernacle [body] to be beautiful to honor Him in worship!
1 Corinthians 6:19–20 NKJV
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
John 4:24 NKJV
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
2. David was a shepherd/warrior, not a builder. [8-9]
God had set David aside to lead the people and to enlarge the borders of Israel. David had spent most of his life as king fighting battles and destroying the enemies of Israel, shepherding the people. David was a man of blood and war. God’s house is a house of peace and must be built by a man of peace.
1 Chronicles 22:8 NKJV
8 but the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a house for My name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in My sight.
There are things you may be suited and gifted for that I can’t do and visa versa. We all need to work in the area God has gifted us for and excel there.
Romans 12:3–8 NKJV
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

3. Nevertheless David; 12-16

Just because God says no, doesn’t mean that your dreams are wasted. God often says no because He has something far better than we could ever imagine!
God tells David that he can’t build a house for Him, but his son will and that David will have someone on his throne forever! This is the Davidic Covenant.
[12] God will establish Davids son Solomon as king. Solomon means “peace”. Better than building a house for God, God would build a house, a dynasty, an eternal throne and kingdom through David.
[13] Solomon will build God’s temple but God will establish His kingdom through David’s linage in Christ
[14-15] God will be a Father to Solomon. He will bless him but will also discipline him to walk in God’s way, never removing His Mercy.
[16] Your house will outlast the temple you wanted to build God.
God’s no may not be rejection but a redirection in plans!
1. God said “No” to Moses.
Exodus 33:18–23 NKJV
18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” 19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22 So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. 23 Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”
The Request (18)—Show me your glory Lord.
The Response (20)—No, you can’t see my face. It will kill you.
The Redirection (22, 23)—I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I will put you under the cleft of the rock; cover you with my hand, and when I pass by, you will see my back, not my face. God’s plan was better than Moses’ plan.
2. God said “No” to Paul who had a serious health problem.
2 Corinthians 12:7–10 NKJV
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Paul’s Problem (7) - A thorn in the flesh [sickness]
Paul’s Prayer (8) - Three times he prayed for it to be removed
God’s Provision (9) - My grace is sufficient, My strength is perfect in your weakness
Paul’s new Perspective (10) - I take pleasure
3. God the Father answered “No” to His Son, Jesus.
Matthew 26:39 (NKJV)
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.
Jesus’ Crisis - the cup of Calvary’s Cross [God’s wrath for our sin]
Jesus’ Cry - Father, if its possible, remove the cup
Jesus’ Concession- Nevertheless, Your will be done
God’s “No” for His son was His will. Jesus had to suffer, bleed, and die for the sins of mankind that we might be redeemed. God’s “No” was best for us all.
God said, “No” to the construction of a house of worship by David, but not to the desire of David’s heart. God let David gather the building materials and guide Solomon on God’s blueprint for the temple. [God’s plan, God’s timing]
Psalm 37:6 NKJV
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.
In Scotland a family by the name of Clark had a dream: husband and wife with their nine children wanted to emigrate to the United States. To make that dream a reality, they struggled, scrimped, and saved. Finally they managed to accumulate enough money and obtain all the paperwork they needed to take the trip and begin a new life in a new land. Ship reservations were made and the family was ecstatic. Then, as often happens, tragedy struck. Seven days before they were to leave the youngest of the children, a little boy, was bitten by a dog. The bite wasn’t serious; the doctor stitched the lad up in no time at all. The tragedy was the doctor also had to hang a yellow sign on the Clark’s front door. The yellow signed warned everybody to stay away: there was a possibility, a very small chance, that the boy had contracted rabies from the bite of the unknown dog. Their ship was to sail in one week, the family was quarantined for two. They would have to stay behind as their ship, and their dreams, sailed into the sunset.
The father, outraged at what he felt was the unjust, unfair hand that he had been dealt, went down to the pier to stare as the ship set out. Furious at God, frustrated with his son; he cried and he cursed. He stomped home in a foul mood. He stayed that way, too. Then only a few days after his vessel had left port he got word that on April 15th the very ship which was to have brought them to a new life, had been sunk. The Titanic had gone down. As it disappeared, it had taken with it the lives of over 1,500 passengers. Hearing that news, Mr. Clark’s attitude was instantly transformed. Excitedly, enthusiastically, eagerly, he hugged his son. Plainly, powerfully, and prayerfully, he thanked his God. Their lives had been spared. Their tragedy had been turned into a triumph.
Carr, A. (2015). When God Says “No” (2 Samuel 7:1–29). In The Sermon Notebook: Old Testament (pp. 1132–1133). Alan Carr.
All of us have had life alter some of the plans and dreams we had. But if we’d take a minute to reflect on all the Lord has done in our life, we will see that He had something far better in mind for us than we could have ever dreamed up on our own. God’s plan is always best!
The question this morning is, “How is your heart?”
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