Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that he would dwell in thick darkness. But I have built you an exalted house, a place for you to dwell in forever.” Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood. And he said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to David my father, saying, ‘Since the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there, and I chose no man as prince over my people Israel; but I have chosen Jerusalem that my name may be there, and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.’ Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. But the LORD said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless, it is not you who shall build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’ Now the LORD has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and I have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. And there I have set the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD that he made with the people of Israel.”
—2 Chronicles 6:1-11
by: Paula Davis.
David had a desire in his heart to build a permanent house for the Lord—a resting place for the Ark of the Lord. God appreciated David’s heart, but only allowed him to plan the temple and gather the materials. He would be prevented from actually building it. David’s desire would be fulfilled through his son, Solomon. We, too, have desires in our hearts that we want to see fulfilled in our lifetimes. Sometimes, God grants our desires while other times he asks us to begin the process for something that He will complete through another. Whatever the case, we can be sure that God is pleased when our desire is to serve Him.