“I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD …” (v2). King David had a vision of God’s beauty and how to honor our awesome Creator. He “had it in his heart” to gather gold and silver, bronze and timber, skilled people and a detailed plan for building the Temple. Because he was “a man of war” (v3), God told David to give the plan over to his son Solomon who reigned in peace.
“Be strong and courageous and do it” (v20). David honored God as Israel’s Redeemer and Lord, worthy of the people’s best efforts and courageous sacrifice. Our vision of God determines how we serve Him.