Philistines. His life has been one long war up till now, and finally he has some peace and rest. Itgives him time to think and meditate, and that is where this story begins; with David's thoughtsabout the ark of God.2. Unfortunately, it did not last long, and as Gill wrote, “...this rest and peace did not last long;for the next chapter gives an account of each of the people he was engaged in war with, (2 Samuel8:1-18) .”
2 he said to athan the prophet, "Here I am, living in apalace of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent."
1. It seems that David is feeling guilty as he rests in the lap of luxury while God, who dwells in atent, is living in relative poverty compared to him. It does not seem right in his eyes, and he isthinking that it is time to update God's situation. It is time for an extreme makeover, and time toget God out of the tent.2. Pink, “Instead of being occupied with his achievements and self-satisfied with the positionwhich he now occupied, David was concerned about the lowly abode of God’s ark. Very beautifulindeed is it to see the recently crowned monarch solicitous, not for the honor of his own majesty,but, for the glory of Him whom he served.It is not often that those in high places manifest such interest in spiritual things: would that moreof the Lord’s people who are entrusted with a considerable amount of this world’s goods weremore exercised in heart over the prospering of His cause. There are not many who makeconscience over spending far more upon themselves than they do for furthering the service of God. In this generation, when the pilgrim character of the saints is well-nigh obliterated, whenseparation from the world is so largely a thing of the past, when self-indulgence and thegratification of every whim is the order of the day, few find their rest disturbed in the convictionthat the worship is languishing. Thousands of professing Christians think more about the welfareof their pet dogs than they do in seeing that the needs of God’s servants and impoverishedbelievers are met, and spend more on the upkeep of their motorcars than they do in the supportof missionaries. Little wonder that the Holy Spirit is quenched in so many places.”3. “This is the first mention of one of the most eminent men appearing in the history of the reignsof David and Solomon, athan, who, later, was to rebuke David for his sin with Bathseba, theman who became the tutor of Solomon (12:25). And who was the author of a history of the reignof David, and of a part of the reign of Solomon (I Chron. 29:29; II Chron. 9:29) from which in allprobability a large portion of the books of Samuel, kings and Chronicles is derived.” A. F.Kirkpatrick.3B. Gill, “This is the first time this prophet is made mention of, but often afterward, yet who hewas, and from whence he came, is not known; he appears to be a man of great piety and