David’s Leisure


II Samuel 7:1-2 reads: “And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.” This passage reveals why that God has said that David was a man after His own heart. A lot is seen about the character of David in this passage. David has been through so much up to this point. He went from laboring hard as a shepherd to being hunted down like an animal by the king which was his father-in-law. He’s been in numerous wars and has had to shed much blood. Now, he is at rest, what will be his thoughts? What will he want to do with his time of leisure? Most would think that after they have been through all that David has been through that they deserve some “me time.” This however is not the way that David is thinking. He’s sitting comfortably in his house made of cedar and is concerned that the ark of God is dwelling in a tent. David was concerned about the glory of God in Israel and it just didn’t seem logical for him to live in a nicer place than where the ark was. After all the battles and turmoil that David has been through not too many people would fault David if he desired to take it easy at this time and reward himself a little bit. However, David knows Who it is that has brought him to where he is and is very uncomfortable with the ark of God not having a better place than himself to stay in. In our times of leisure and rest do we ever entertain thoughts about how we can serve the Lord? When we have leisure do we ever spend it reading the word of God, praying or serving others?