Read about one of God's most important revelations to Prophet David here (1 Chronicles 17, Psalm 110). May God open your heart for what He wants to show you today.
Prophet David had a great love for God and dreamed of building a temple for God, but God said 'No'. Instead, God promised him:
"I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.” (1 Chronicles 17:11-14)
God's promise was clear: He would establish an everlasting Kingdom for Himself on earth through one of David's offspring. This is certainly not dependent on David's own effort or power, but all on God's own sovereign over all dominions on earth and in the future.
But how can a human king be on the throne forever? Who is this person? What exactly does 'God's Kingdom' mean?
Visions from God regarding the future: The Coming Messiah
As David worshipped God, God revealed more of His plans and let him see a vision for an amazing future: one of David's descendants would be the 'Seed' God had promised to Prophet Adam who would defeat Satan.
This promise was far greater than what David could have imagined! God saw the real enemy as Satan and human brokenness, not only political and military threats at the time. Only God can deal with the problem of sin for us.
David wrote and expressed his love for God and prayers in very powerful poems called the Psalms ﺍﻟﻤﺰﺍﻣﻴﺮ. The Psalms also became prophesies pointing towards the coming of the Messiah and telling God's people how to recognize him:
He would call God his Father. (89:26)
He would be called the Son of God, and He would establish an everlasting kingdom that would be for all peoples and nations and will last for eternity. (2:6-7)
He would speak to the people in parables. (78:1-2)
He would share the glory of God as His son. (72:1-17)
He would ascend to heaven. (68:18)
He would be both the offspring and LORD of David. (110:1)
He would sit at the right hand of God. (110:1-6)
He would be an eternal priest directly anointed by God who atones for the sins of the people (Priest in the order of Melchizedek). (110:4)
He would be the judge of all nations. (110:6)
David’s poems were a prophetic sign pointing towards a Messiah and a heavenly kingdom. The Messiah would have both human and divine qualities! And He would both die and also rule forever? How can this be possible?!
Nothing is impossible in God, even in cleansing and atoning for all the sins of the world. Only God has the power to do this. But as revealed to Prophets Moses and Aaron, sins can only be covered by the blood of someone who has no sin (see previous studies). Now, God revealed to Prophet David the Messiah what God had prepared for the world and how to recognize him.
Learn more about the Psalms (Zabur) ﺍﻟﻤﺰﺍﻣﻴﺮ
Your Response: Listen to God and Pray...
1. How can I see God's perspectives and His salvation plan when I'm suffering under violence, injustices and political turmoil? Will I surrender to Him and ask Him for His help in opening my eyes to see what He sees?
2. Look at the list of characteristics of the coming Messiah God has revealed to David. What can we learn about God and His love for His people?
3. Who can I share this story with?