Not only did David amass great treasures and resources for the building of temple, he spent his last days setting the order of worship for the Levites and priests, even boosting their numbers to meet the needs of national worship.
For God’s house David made abundant preparations. But God prohibited David from building it. So David gave the plans and stockpiles of resources to his son Solomon to build it as prophesied. The glow in David’s heart for God never dimed through all the years of hardship and personal failure.
In bullheaded fashion, David insists on doing what he knows is outside of God’s will, and before he submits, the deed will be done. As so often with sin, once the act is committed the realization and conviction hit with consequence.
A kind gesture by King David towards a kingdom that suffered the loss of their own king results in full out war. This is the cost of kingdoms run by fools as told in the story. May the kingdom of our own heart learn from these lessons.
King David subdued enemies and threats to Israel’s west, north and south, issuing in regional peace that extended beyond Solomon’s reign. It enhanced Israel’s economy and gave Solomon peace and materials to build the Temple.