II Samuel 7

After the Ark of the Covenant had been in Jerusalem for awhile, and there was relative peace in the kingdom, David called for the prophet Nathan and was all, Nate, I’ve been thinking. It looks really bad for me to live in a palace of cedar while our God lives in a bunch of tents. I’d like to build God a house of cedar. Do you think It’d be cool with that?

Nathan was all, Do what seems best! God tells me It’s so happy with you for thinking of building It a house that It promises to renew Its covenant with you forever and always. Your offspring will always be the rulers of Israel and God promises never to leave them or break up with them, even if they backslide and cheat on It. It might get angry and punish them, but It will never forsake them!

So David offered up a profuse prayer of thanksgiving.

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