“I will not enter my house or go to my bed – I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Ps. 132:4,5).
So sincere! David must have truly loved His Lord to make such a vow as this! Especially since vows were taken a little more seriously in those days, than in ours! (remember the story of Jephthah and his daughter? – Judges 10:6-11:40)
But God didn’t accept David’s offer! “When your days are over . . . I will raise up your offspring . . . He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever . . .” (2 Sam. 7:12,13). It was already in God’s plan for a house of the Lord to be built, but God was reserving this task for David’s son!
Have you ever declared to God just what you were going to do for Him, asked Him for His blessing, and then didn’t receive it? I certainly have! How often I have cried out to Him, “Lord, I am doing this thing for You, but it is a total failure! Why aren’t you blessing my work?” Could it be, like David of old, that we are declaring that we will do something for God that has been already pre-assigned for another? Could it be that God has other things in mind for us, things that are according to His will, and not our own? Could it be that what we want to do ourselves will be more successful or more fulfilling to someone else?
Lord, help me to stop telling You what I want to do for You! Help me to open my eyes and ears to see where You are already at work, that I may join You where You would have me to be, instead of where I think You would have me be! Help me to remember to take every idea back to You for verification through prayer and Scripture, so that no matter what I do, I am always in the middle of Your will!