How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

Now when the king lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, 2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.” 4 But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7 In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”‘ 8 Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. 9 And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.

10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house.

12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.'” 17 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

Recall from Sunday:

2 Samuel 7:1-9 – God has given us a name…

2 Samuel 7:10-11 – …to plant his people in a place…

2 Samuel 7:12-17 – …and establish his kingdom forever

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

David had let himself start to see himself as “the king” in verses 1 through 3, but then God reminds David he is first and foremost God’s servant. What defines you? A good way to begin figuring that out is to ask yourself what you worry about and what you’re striving to achieve.

David wanted to build a temple for God, but God shut him down because God didn’t need payback for the love he’d shown David already. Have there been dreams of things you wanted to do for God that God didn’t let you fulfill? How does David’s story help you understand that situation?

God’s blessings to David would also overflow to the rest of God’s people as peace in their land. Is there something God has blessed you with recently? How might he want you to use that for someone else’s benefit?

As we come to more deeply appreciate God’s unconditional love for us, we can begin to show love for others whether or not they’ve done something to deserve it. Is there a coworker, family member, or fellow student you know who is wrapped up in trying to gain approval through their performance? How can you show them a picture of God’s unconditional love in your relationship with them this week?

If you’ve noticed God has blessed your group abundantly recently, consider together how God may be wanting you to share those blessings with others.