2 Samuel 7
Notes on God's Character
GOD’S CHARACTER - 1). God gave David permission to pursue a temple. (v.3) Through the prophet Nathan, God told David to do whatever he wanted because God was with Him. We can achieve a place of obedience and submission where God will give us the desires of our hearts, because those desires will be aligned with what God wants for us as well. 2). The word of Lord came to Nathan that evening. (v.4) God spoke to Nathan immediately upon David’s request to build a temple. He was not silent, but he spoke when he wanted something different with the situation. When we are doing all we can to be right with God, He will not purposely let us follow down the wrong path. 3). God reminded Nathan that He has never had a real earthly home. (v.6) From the moment they left Egypt, He had been moving about with a tent as His residence. God knew what it felt like to constantly be moving, to be homeless, to be away from peace and security. He can relate to the homeless and lonely. 4). God planted His people so they wouldn’t have to keep running away from their enemies. (v.10,11) He wanted them to be safe and feel security. No only would He give them a home but also rest. God’s plan is to bring us to our heavenly home where we will have eternal rest with Him. 5). God promised to never take His love away from Solomon as He did for Saul. (v.15,16) This was undoubtedly spoken to help David stay calm about the fate of his son as the future King. He had seen what had happened to Saul and surely didn’t want anything close to the same fate for his son. Hearing that God would personally oversee his discipline, He would want a promise to help Him know God was disciplining Solomon to make him better. God calmed David’s fears with this statement.
GOD’S CHARACTER - 1). God knows everything about us. (v.20) David was starting to realize that God was truly behind everything in his life and always would be. God wants us to speak to Him, but He already knows our thoughts and actions as well. We are never outside of His care. 2). God did these great things for David for the sake of His Word and His Will. (v.21) God’s will is more important than any others. But He also is a ‘man’ of His Word. He will not lie, but will always stay true to His promises. We can count on Him to come through like He said He would.