Sunday, June 7, 2009

Day 156 what to do, when...God gives us rest

2 Sam 7ff David was given rest on all sides from his enemies... David then is still restless and wants to do something for God - build him a house. God didn't need a house to be built for him as He moved around with the people in a tent. God sees that its his prerogative to provide a place for us and plant us so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed (v10). (John 14 comes readily to mind)

That was his preferred mode of being, being among His people. There is a sense of God living/dwelling among us - that is His Heart's desire. No Shrines, no temples, no ivory towers - just his presence with us.

It's no wonder that David's response (V18ff) to Nathan's word of the Lord was "who am I, O sovereign Lord....and "How great you are, O Soverign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you...

These are the aspects of God's character to ponder on when we have been given rest.. We are to resist "doing" however laudible when it takes away from resting in God's presence.

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