Read 2 Samuel 7 – Sometimes God says no.
David’s heart is still with the Ark of God. He wants to do more to glorify the Lord. He wants to build the Ark of God a proper home of cedar. David shares his vision with Nathan the prophet, who is agreeable to it – until the Lord speaks to Nathan and tells him it will be David’s offspring and not David who will build a home for the Ark of God. David’s response is a prayer of thanksgiving. David recounts all the things God has done for him with awe. He glorifies the Lord, praising his Name, reminding the Lord of His promises and past deliverance.
This inspired me to spend some time in gratitude and praise for all Jesus has done in my life, for who He is, and for my hope in Him. Focusing on the awesomeness of the Lord draws me closer to Him. Pastor John Piper is known for saying: “The Lord is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” David’s prayer is a beautiful example, and I encourage you to do the same.