David’s good intentions of establish a place for God to dwell forever,  were turned around as God expressed His good intentions of blessing David’s house forever.  David’s response to this promise must be compared to Abraham’s response to God’s promise to give him a son if we are to understand God’s plan for man.

David expressed his complete confidence that God will fulfill this promise. He says, “And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever.” He was convinced that God would do what He had said He would do. That’s called faith! That’s what God wants from us.

It began with Abraham as Paul records in Romans 4:20-21. Speaking of Abraham, Paul writes, “He never doubted that God would keep his promise, and he never stopped believing. He grew stronger in his faith and gave praise to God. Abraham was convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.”

Rabbi Simlai in the third century noted that Moses gave us 365 prohibitions and 248 positive commands. David in Psalm 15 reduced them to eleven: Isaiah—in 33:14, 15—made them six: Micah 6:8 binds them into three: and Habakkuk reduces them all to one, namely— “The just shall live by faith.”

Abraham believed God! And counted that as righteousness!

“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