David’s heart was set on building a house where God could live forever. He began to prepare to do just that when the prophet brought David a strange message from God. Nathan told David that he would not build a house for God, then in 17:10, he says, “Moreover, I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house.” The house that God promises to build David is a Dynasty with a descendant to rule over God’s people, forever.   That’s what verse 12 says, “He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever.”

It might have been his gratitude that led David to want to do something for God.  I have respect for David’s motive and I believe God did also. But God wanted to correct a possible misconception David had.  I’m speculating here, but it might be observed that David felt he could win God’s favor and continued blessings if he did this great thing of building a house for Him.  David wanted to do something for God that would last forever. But, it’s God’s will to do something for us that will last forever.

According to a poll conducted by the National & International Religion report , 88% of mainline church attenders believe that, and I quote, ““if people are generally good, or do enough good things for others during their lives, they will earn a place in heaven.”

But God wants us to realize that in Jesus, the person foretold in this verse is what He has done for us that will last forever. Salvation is not found in our efforts but in trusting what God has done for us. All He requires is that we personally place our trust in Christ. All who sincerely want to be saved and who accept the invitation to believe in Christ will never be turned away. Jesus said, “He who believes in Me has everlasting life” (Jn. 6:47).

“You must warn each other every day, while it is still ‘today,’ so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.” Hebrews 3:13