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“What do you do when the Lord says No”

2 Samuel 7:1-17

7 Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies all around,

that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.”

 

Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”

 

But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying,

 

“Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?

 

For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.

 

Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’ ” ’

 

Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.

 

And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.

 

10 Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously,

 

11 since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the Lord tells you that He will make you a house.

 

12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

 

13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

 

14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.

 

15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.

 

16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” ’ ”

 

17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.[1]

 

 

Introduction

 

Have you ever been fired up for God to do something for the Lord and he denied you the privilege to do so?

 

What do you do, when your good works, ideas, and dreams are not what the lord wants or needs from you?

 

What do you do when the divine says no, and how do you bounce back from disappointment?

 

Our text today is for the mature believer who is living life in full throttle for God. It’s a message that will help you to grow up in kingdom matters and not cry because things don't go your way.

 

This text will help you to see and to know that God is in charge, and in control and knows exactly what He wants from you, and what He has designed for you to do for him.

 

This text will empower you to be okay with what the Lord wants and to acknowledge that His plans are bigger than yours, and that if He says no to your dreams and ideas, its because His plan must take precedence over those that you desire and Have.

 

“We got to be okay with what He wants and Why He wants it, and understand that he has something much bigger and much better.”

 

Background:

 

David has just brought Israel back into a right relationship with God. They are worshippers again, and have just brought the ark of God back into the region. The Lord has been good to David. He has given him rest from all of his enemies. He is the new king of Gods people. The nation is on one accord again, and peace has began to rein across the region.

 

Its from this perspective that our text opens up. David has a desire to do something great for God, because Yaweh has done something great for Him. In his gratitude for all that the Lord has done, he wants to honor the Lord with a place to dwell in that the people may worship him there.

 

It’s a great idea from a human perspective. It’s a good thing to want to tell the lord thank you. It’s a great idea to want to build something in the name of the lord. It’s another thing for the Lord to let you build it!

 

There are three things that I want to bring to your attention today.

  1. A Call to build for God
  2. A Correction to Obey God
  3. A Covenant to Honor God

 

  1. A Call to build for God.

 

7 Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies all around,

that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.”

 

Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”

 

Note:

 

Family, when we arrive at this text we see a desire in the heart of David to something great for God.

  • God had been gracious to David!
  • God took care of his enemies.
  • God took care of Davids living provisions and God blessed him with peace in the region.

 

It was after recognizing all that the lord had done for him, that David desired to build God a House, he wanted to do something for God.

 

The second thing we see is that David, consults with the preacher to share with him all that’s in his heart to do for the Lord.

 

Nathan the prophet who ministers to the Lord and serves the king, hears the Kings proposal for a new ministry unto the lord.

 

 I think that this is important today to recognize that the preacher-plays a major role in the lives of the children of God.

 

David relies on Nathan’s input, guidance and direction for his life, his leadership-counsel and direction when it comes to the things of God and working for God in the earth.

 

The text says …. David gave the prophet two reasons for the ministry proposal that was in his heart…..

The king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.”

 

Here it is ….

 

David thought it wasn't right for him to dwell in a nice house, and the house of the Lord not be a beautiful building.

 

According to his ministry idea, the prophet agreed and said by way of approval….  “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”

 

Observation:

 

On the outset this seemed like an appropriate thing to say and do to encourage the king to work for the Lord.

 

The prophet appeared to have the right confirmation for a collaborative work in the kingdom.

 

The prophet appeared to affirm the need to do something great for God.

 

The prophet appeared to understand the request, believe in the request, support the request and co-sign that this was a great idea.

 

Application:

 

Isn’t it true that when you want to do something Good for the Lord you can always find somebody to affirm that what you are thinking about and agree to do should be done for the Lord.

 

Isn't true that when you are ready to honor God, you can find a witness to encourage you  to follow all that is in your heart to do for him.

 

Nathan was David’s encourager in this text and he wanted the king to honor God in the manner in which he felt that he should.

 

Note:

 

  • Ive discovered something in this passage that Nathan never said… He never said to David “lets pray about this project.”
  • He never says lets check the Torah to see what it says about buildingGod a house! (since this hasn't been done before!)
  • He never says why hasn't Moses, Aaron, Joshua, Samuel or any other leaders before you ever done this before.
  • He simply affirms and applauds the heart that David has for wanting bless the Lord.

 

Nobody stop long enough to question and think, that maybe God did not want a house made of brink and mortar built in His name.

 

Nobody stopped to think that maybe God could build himself a house if He wanted one that bad!

 

Nobody stopped to think that maybe if God was concerned about a house, that he could've called one into existence out of nowhere. Kind of like he created the heavens and earth.

 

“He spoken into nothing, and nothing became something, and stood out on the shores of nowhere, creating somewhere to be called, heaven and earth.

 

I mean really if God wanted a house made of brick and mortar I believe He could have build it and designed it himself, after all he is the Master carpenter.

 

Question:

 

Have you checked out creation lately? As the master carpenter, he laid the perfect foundation on the bottom of the Oceans.

 

As the master carpenter he laid out the perfect foundation when he separated the seas from the dry ground.

 

Nobody has ever again created the magnificence of the stars and the many solar systems.

 

His divine creation of gravity and underground plumbing system to water the earth is second to none.

 

The electricity he used to light, heat and cool the planet has never been reduplicated…if he wanted to build a house for himself, I'm sure he had a design in mind and knew how to build it to suit his needs.

 

I don’t think that David and Nathan the prophet thought this idea through all of the way.

 

However, in defense of David, I understand, that he simply wanted to do something for the lord. He felt like God needed something better than a tent, because he himself dwelled in something better than a tent/tabernacle.

 

Observation:

 

What David didn't know at that time is that God was modeling for all of humanity what ‘True Humility’ looked like.

 

He was the creator of the universe and yet he made his tabernacle with men a place made out of tent.

 

It was not a permanent structure, it was a temporary structure, because he would not always dwell with them in this manner.

 

David didn't recognize it but God was revealing his plan for their relationship even then.

The pleasure of living in a tent was a divine action for a future blessing. He would not always tabernacle in this manner, he was planning for a more eternal structure to dwell with men forever in.

 

David wanted to build for God and asked  Nathan for his thoughts about his idea to build God a house.

 

  1. A Correction to Obey God.

 

But it happened that night that the word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying,

 

Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?

 

For I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but I have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.

 

Wherever I have moved about with all the children of Israel, have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’ ” ’

 

Note:

 

When we come to this portion of the text we get see a divine meeting and question take place between the prophet and the Lord.

 

According to the text God spoke that night to Nathan, and gave him a very powerful word for the King.

 

In the Prophets quiet time in the evening the lord showed up and had him to re-direct his advice that he gave to the king earlier in the day.

 

Note:

 

God did not speak to David about the matter…He could’ve! But rather he spoke to the one that gave David the Okay to start the building campaign.

 

I like this because it shows me that God is holding Nathan responsible for every word that he utters to David the King.

 

  • Nathan has to give an account for what he agrees too, and what he blesses in the name of the lord.
  • Nathan had meeting with the YAWHEH and the Lord said tell David I said NO!

 

  • Tell Him I said NO to building me a house.

 

  • Tell David I said NO, to doing what was in his heart to do for me!

 

  • Tell David I said NO, to his idea and his plan about my ministry location on earth!

 

  • Tell David I said NO to His plan to see me work in a building that I did not design for myself.
  • Tell David, that My answer for his ministry desires and plans is NO!

 

Here it is ….

 

  • Nathan since you told him it was Ok, you go back and correct what you said….

 

  • You didn't ask me, you didn't inquire of the lord…

 

  • You affirmed what was not affirmed…

 

  • You cosigned what I did not grant to be done by David….

 

  • So Nathan you go back and FIX it…instruct him buy telling him to cancel his plan.

 

  • My answer is NO, he cannot build Me a House!

 

  • Nathan did not have the authority to give the king an assignment and validate what he should do for the lord.

 

Application:

 

 Is there anybody here thats ever-been through this before?

 

  • Is there anybody here ever wanted to do something for the Lord, only to have him shut it down?

 

  • Is there anybody here ever thought that you had a great idea to help God out, only to have him redirect you to do something else?

 

  • Is there anybody here ever been disappointed by the Lords NO to your request?

 

  • If you are here, then David can relate to you, because God is not going to allow him to do what he wants in theme of the Lord.

 

Observation:

 

 The Lords reason for not dwelling in the house built by David was “I have not dwelt in a house since the time that I brought the children of Israel up from Egypt, even to this day, but have moved about in a tent and in a tabernacle.”

 

Here it is

 

He never asked “Any of the patriarchs, the judges or the 12 tribes” to build him a house all that time that he has been traveling with them.

 

Here it is ….

 

If he needed one built he would’ve done it long before David had an idea?

 

I think thats a good place to define the NO of God.

 

Observation:

 

When God says NO to your request to do a certain ministry for him, it’s not because he doesn't want you to minister for him or to him.

 

Its because He doesn't have a need for that specific ministry in that specific season.

 

His NO is a charge to redirect you, and to wait on instruction.

 

His NO is to affirm your position, and particular desire to serve him.

 

By telling David NO, he was not saying I don't have this particular ministry in mind for you!

 

By Telling David NO, he was telling him, your ministry to me is not going to consist of building a house for me, but it is going to consist of something else.

 

The NO wasn't to discourage Him or disregard him, but rather to redirect Him.

 

David must take heed to the direction, and trust that the Lord knows what ministry is best for David.

 

David must be mature enough to know that the Lord will tell him when he wants him to build something, if he wants him to build something.

 

David needs to know that the ideas of ministry for God, COME FROM GOD. He will direct him when he wants him to do a certain task for a specific purpose.

 

Application:

 

  • Somebody here today is frustrated that you cant do whats in your heart to do for God.

 

  • Somebody here today is sad that God keeps saying NO.
  • Somebody here today is struggling with Gods desire to not let you do what you think you should do.

 

  • The truth is HE doesn't want you to do it, that’s why HE says no.

 

  • The truth is He knows what ministry He is preparing you for, and has ordained you to do.

 

  • The truth is God is in control, not you…God is in charge, not you.

 

  • The truth is God has the blueprint for your life , not you.

 

David can teach you and I what it looks like to  be told NO by God to do something that you really thought you were called to do.

 

We should learn from this text that God’s ways are not our ways. We should learn from this text that God decides who will do what ministry for him, unto him, designed by him, for His honor and His glory. HE decides not you.

 

The Question is….

 

  • Can you still worship Him if he says no to your dreams?
  • Can you still worship Him if he says no not yet?
  • Can you still worship him if he doest give you favor?
  • Can you still worship him if he never blesses you again?
  • Can you still worship him if the chips are down?
  • Can you still worship him if he doesn't let you do what you think you are good at?
  • Can you still worship him if His Divine answer is No?

 

Observation:

 

Look again at what he says to David… we can find several key reasons why He says NO!

 

Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts:

 

Answer one:

 

“I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.

 

And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth.

 

 

Answer two:

 

10 Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; nor shall the sons of wickedness oppress them anymore, as previously,

 

11 since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel, and have caused you to rest from all your enemies. Also the Lord tells you that He will make you a house.

 

Observation:

 

  1. When we arrive here we see that God’s NO, has a divine reason attached to it.

 

  1. David cannot build God’sHouse, because his ministry is not building.

 

  1. His ministry is shepherding. (see vs. 8)

 

  1. David cannot build God a house because God didn't want him to be known for building him a house

 

  1. He was going to make David known being a King who walked with the lord, and who the Lord knew personally. (see v.9)
  2. David cannot build the Lord a house because the Lord wanted to build his house, and plant his people where he wanted them, not where David wanted them.

 

  1. God’s Ministry was HIS decision, not Davids.
  2. Choosing who does what for God is Gods prerogative not ours. (see vs.10)

 

III. A Covenant to Honor God

 

12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

 

13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

 

14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commits iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the blows of the sons of men.

 

15 But My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.

 

16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” ’ ”

 

17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.[2]

 

 

Note:

 

When we arrive at this portion of the text we see God establish a covenant with kIng David. It’s not a covenant based on Davids works. It’s not a covenant based on Davids accomplishments, it is a covenant established by God, for God, through God and Because of God.

 

The second thing we see is that God has a different language from David. David wanted to build a House made of brick and Mortar, a structure that fades over time.

 

Gods language of a House has to do with a lineage, people group, a name, a legacy…

 

Here it is…

 

Gods legacy for David was not going to be bricks and Mortar, or a building made with hands…it was going to be a people choose by God, with God’s name on them!

 

Here it is….

 

David was going to build something great for God, but it wasn't going to be a building!

 

It was going to be a generation of souls…

 

God says in this text,

 

12 When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.

 

13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

 

Note:

 

 Here we se in this verse that Yaweh says David after you die, Your son will build the building you are desiring to build for me….

 

I will establish his name by His ministry of building things….

 

And Solomon was known for his architecture and splendid eye for beauty….

 

Yaweh said, I will be a father to him…I love him and chastise him, but your name will not be known for buildings… Because buildings come and buildings go….

 

Here it is…

 

16 And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever.” ’ ”

 

Here it is ….

 

  • David I got something better for you…
  • I got a house thats more than a house….
  • I got house thats a kingdom with your name on it!
  • And it is a forever kingdom, it has gone before you and after you and your throne will be forever in that Kingdom….

 

Your house (name) will not tarnish over time…it will not fade with history books, it will not change with generations and cultures ….

 

Your house will be established forever, because of your name.

 

Conclusion:

 

  • As we close this text today we get to see what God was doing when He told David NO to his ministry idea for God.

 

  • God was saying no because he had something greater for David to do.

 

  • God had an idea ministry assignment that would make Davids idea of an assignment look in significant.

 

  • Gods idea was for David’s throne to last forever.

 

  • It wasn't a temporary location it was a forever location.

 

When Jesus came to earth He came as the Son of David, and the King of Israel.

 

He didn't come to live in a earthly Palace or tabernacle in building of brick and Mortar.

 

He came as Immanuel, God with us.

 

God came to tabernacle with men…Live inside of men!

 

He came to dwell in us by His Spirit.

 

He came to live forever with us, that we may always have him to teach us, lead us, guide us, be with us.

 

Thats what the Son of David came to do.

 

Out on Calvary The Son of David came to purchase our souls from the auction block of slavery …

 

 

Out on Calvary The Son of David came redeeming us unto himself,

 

Out on Calvary The Son of David came to tabernacle with men for all of eternity.

 

Out on Calvary The Son of David came to build a new building not made with hands

 

 

Out on Calvary The Son of David came to bring us all into the kingdom by dying for our sins on the cross

 

Out on Calvary The Son of David came to do what his father David couldn't do….

 

Im so glad that God said no, and gave the son of David a better ministry.

 

Im so glad that God denied David his idea, and gave him a better ministry.

 

Im so glad that God did not allow for David to do what He thought he should've done.

Im so glad that God is God, and knew the future, saw the future, designed the future, and sent His son Jesus to become the Son of David to secure a more better way for humanity.

 

Thank God for David…Thank God that he had ministry bigger than what he knew.

 

Thank God that HE knows whats best and what He's calling men to do.

 

Out on Calvary The Son of David died! They placed him inside of another mans tomb.

 

He defended into hell, and took the sting out of death, and victory over the grave, and early Sunday morning He was raised back to life by the Father.

 

What Ministry David had! God gave him a great ministry to prepare the way for the next generation. Jesus came through that Generation.

Jesus taught us how to live for God, love God, serve God, obey God, trust God, believe in God and do all that the Father commanded us to do.

 

Amen

 

[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (2 Sa 7:1–17). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] The New King James Version. (1982). (2 Sa 7:1–17). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

 

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