The temple David had in mind (22:7) was to be a magnificent structure of fame and splendor. But as Stephen will point out in the New Testament, it was David’s project – not the Lord’s. David wanted to do something for God that would get the attention of the surrounding nations.
The temple, however, was a holy place: the place of God’s dwelling. No one who had shed as much blood as David could build such a holy place, but David could prepare for its preparation. Notice the amount of materials assembled: at least 3,700 tons of – over five billion dollars in today’s market. We are told of all this so we will know what a tremendous structure it would be – and what a great king David was.
But there was something more important than the physical materials, and that is the preparation of those who will build the temple. Already David has been excluded because of his life. If Solomon is successful, he need to give attention to the law of God in his own life – and so would the leaders of Israel (see verses 13 and 19).
The place where God dwells is today the Church, and we are each the precious materials out of which it is built (Ephesians 4:15-16). Let no one of mature spiritual mind denigrate the Church. It is a magnificent structure not of man’s making, but of God’s. If it is to be a worthy structure, those who make it up must give themselves to holiness – and to dedicated service.