The first reading for today from Second Samuel shows us how much David loved God. But, as a "man of war", a man who had to subjugate the enemies of the Hebrews and bring order into the Kingdom, David was not chosen by God to build a physical temple.
That was left to his son, God's chosen one, a king who presided over a peaceful kingdom.
One of the lessons for us in this passage is that we must calm our own warlike instincts before building the space God wants us to have in order to meet us-St. Catherine's little cell.
God came to Jerusalem in a great presence, the Shekinah glory, and resided in the Temple. He comes to us in baptism and if we are trained in the virtues, even young ones can open their hearts, minds, soul.
David had a heart most like God's, but God chose Solomon to build the temple. God chooses the persons He wants to do certain works.
Yesterday, I saw a letter from St. Ignatius in a museum. I had seen this letter before at an exhibit years ago in Valletta. It is heartening for those of us who want to do things or think God is calling us to do things to know that some of the saints could not accomplish some plans. Do not think that everything went smoothly in their lives according to their plans.
St Ignatius wanted to come to Malta and could not. Catholics sometimes think that when God plans something, it always happens, but men, politics, wars, governments, thwart God's perfect plans as we all have free will.
God's permissive will allows us to make decisions and our will is sacred to Him, as that is how we are made in His image and likeness-one way.
Some people think God's perfect will always happens. It does not. God had raised David to be His king, but David had to win that kingdom for God.
Perhaps if he had not been called to be such a great warrior, which he was, he would have been called to build, but he was not.
God's plans are mysterious.
All my plans were changed this morning by a small cell phone alarm. Things happen.
An accident on the bus changed my plans several days ago, and a map on line which was wrong changed my plans yesterday as well.
Men's mistakes and mishaps change plans.
But, God had a plan for Israel. He wanted David to unite the country and leave it in peace, and He wanted Solomon to build on that peace.
Jerusalem -City of Peace.
Then, the temple.....
One learns to listen and to follow God daily. One learns to be flexible within God's order.
God promised a "house" for David.
But, of course, David's House is the House of Christ, the Son of David, in the line of the kings.
And, Christ came during the Pax Romana, the time of certain peace because of the rule of the empire.
Here is the entire section from the Bible on David's promise and disappointment. Of course, the promise is that of the Coming of Christ.
from Second Samuel:7 NRSVCE