The House of God

May 7, 2023

Sometimes, the Man of God just gets it wrong. It happens.

King David, living in his royal residence in Jerusalem, suddenly realized that the Ark of GOD was kept, not in a beautiful palace of cedar, like he, but in a lowly tent. “That is surely NOT as it should be!!” As he mused on this, Nathan (the Man of God to King David) came in.

The story is told in 1 Chronicles 17: Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart; for the LORD is with you.”

And it came to pass that night, (uh-oh) that the LORD Himself came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell my servant David, ‘You are NOT to build me a house to live in, for since I brought the children of Israel up out of Egypt, I have NEVER lived in a house. Neither did I EVER ask for that!’ Now, therefore, Nathan, go back and tell David, ‘Thus says the LORD that … INSTEAD … I will make YOU a house.’”

David’s heart was in the right place—his intentions were pure. “What can I DO for GOD?” He set his heart on providing a physical house for God to dwell in—at least as beautiful as his own. (As if a house of cedar COULD contain GOD!) But, the LORD had a better plan—from the beginning.

“Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1

God’s intent here was to FIRST establish “His House” in a physical human family—David’s family. Flesh and blood. Teachable. An eternal “house of God”, where He would dwell, as established and maintained by Him, and that could and would pass on FAITH in the One True God from generation to generation. And GOD did just that. King David declared, “For my house stands firm with God—He made an everlasting covenant with me. It is in order, fully assured, that He will bring to full growth all my salvation and every desire.” 2 Samuel 23:39 (CJB)

Of course, in the prior wilderness years and when Israel first entered the Promised Land, God ordained “His dwelling” to be a tent in the camp of Israel—a temporary structure where “I may dwell among them.” (Exo. 25:8) The important thing to note about that tabernacle was not its construction, but its LOCATION. It was always set up in the CENTER of the camp. Indeed, the entire order of the camp itself was determined by ITS location—placing the importance of the Presence of God primary and central within the lives of the family of Israel continually.

More so TODAY, God desires to establish “His House” this way—in a blended, bonded physical FAMILY unit of blood-connected humans, with their shared faith grounded in the CENTER—redeemed, cleansed, established and secure together FOREVER in Him. Naturally, not every “family” is all connected by genetic bloodline. But, the “House of God” family I am referring to IS definitely interlinked by THE Blood … of Jesus.

I believe that this is also STILL God’s intention for “the Church” today—the CORE of the present-day New Testament Body of Christ. Dispensations change—but the Central Plan of God has NOT changed. The “House” He intended for Himself is human—alive and growing.

Psalm 145:4
“One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.”

Isaiah 44:3
“For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.”

Isaiah 54:13
“All your children shall be taught by the Lord and great shall be peace of your children.”

Psalms 103:17-18
“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; to such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.”

Acts 2:39
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

More important than the most beautifully-appointed brick-and-mortar edifice—more influential as a community standard of God’s goodness, faithfulness, grace, mercy, and LIGHT in a dark world—is the GOD-centered, Blood-bought, Holy Ghost-led, Bible-believing FAMILY. All ages, all gifts, all strengths, all weaknesses, inextricably joined and committed—first and foremost to their last fiber—to JESUS CHRIST ALONE. That’s what He wants.

We fervently ask, like David: “What can I DO for GOD?” Perhaps the most important thing we could EVER do in our lifetime is to work together with Him to build our family as “The House of GOD.”

My prayer: “Dear God, establish my flesh-and-blood family as “The House of God” that You alone have built. United in the faith, once delivered to our ancestors, and faithfully kept and passed down from one generation to another. A circle unbroken, that will one day stand all together at YOUR Throne, in tearful, grateful praise and WORSHIP to the Lamb!! FOREVER!!

Indeed, I pray with David, “Now, Adonai Elohim, You alone are God; Your words are truth; and You have made this wonderful promise to your servant. So, may it please you to bless the family of Your servant and thereby cause it to continue forever in Your presence. For You, Adonai Elohim, have said it. May Your servant’s family be blessed forever by Your blessing.”