From Israel’s days of wilderness wondering with Moses, throughout the period of conquest under Joshua and beyond periods on apostasy under the Judges, God’s presence inhabited a portable tabernacle. Building a permanent house of worship in Israel for God was the one accomplishment on King David’s heart he longed to achieve. But his lifestyle of war and bloodshed disqualified him from realizing that monumental feat.
Instead, God promised that David’s son, Solomon, would build His house. Contrasting King David’s reign of war and unrest, Solomon’s reign promised a time of peace and quiet. The wordplay on Solomon’s name (Hb. Shelomoh) and the Hebrew word for peace (Shalom) underscores this fact and points to Christ, our Prince of Peace. David’s charge to Solomon in this passage is one of vulnerability, strength of character, and imparting of the vision for which Solomon was prepared to achieve.
Perhaps God has placed a feat on your heart that you cannot accomplish in your lifetime. Is there someone He has called you to prepare? Just as David prepared Solomon, we have been called to prepare disciples to open the way for peace with God to future generations. Dare to impart your vision. And like David’s vision of the Lord’s house, make it exceedingly magnificent, of fame and glory!