Though created in God’s image, man doesn’t know what God thinks. The Lord reveals his thoughts, but he must be consulted. He may be ignored or forgotten, but always to our loss. So it was with David:
And again David asked the Lord what to do.
2 Samuel 5:23a NTL
When King David consulted the Lord, all went well with him. When he failed to consult him, problems arose, such as when the ark was transported wrongly (chapter 6). David learned that “the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule” (1 Chronicles 15:13 ESV).
And when he wanted to build a temple for the Lord, he did right, consulting the prophet Nathan (2 Samuel 7:1ff). Except that the prophet forgot to consult the Lord and immediately gave his approval. After all, he imagined that such a desire must have pleased the Lord. But the Lord didn’t want David to build a temple.
The great lesson taught at the beginning of David’s reign is this: In order to have God’s success, we must consult him. He reveals to us what to do (build or not, chapter 7) and how to do it (how to attack the enemy, chapter 5; how to carry the ark, chapter 6).
Have you consulted the Lord today, by reading his Word?