Today's reading tells how David intended to follow up the arrival of the Ark of the Covenant in Jerusalem -- building a permanent home. Initially, the court prophet, Nathan, approves of David's decision, but immediately after receives the word of God that David is not to build any such house. Instead, God promises to give David a house -- that is, a dynasty: his descendants will be the kings of Israel. In response, David offers a prayer praising God for such a blessing. (Of course, David also makes detailed plans for his descendants to build such a home for the Ark -- a Temple.)
[links to Bible Gateway open in a new window]Reading the Bible in Its Entirety
If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read 1 Chronicles 11-16 today.