David had many faults, both as a man and a king. Yet he loved the Lord and the Lord loved him like a son, so he was rewarded with much success.
David hoped to express his gratitude to God by rebuilding the temple. He said to Nathan the prophet:
Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent.” 1 Chronicles 17:1
Nathan gave him consent to do as his heart wished, but God had a different plan. He had Nathan tell David:
When your days are over and you go to be with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.” 1 Chronicles 17:11-14
The son referred to was Solomon. Solomon was wise yet young when he became king, so David assisted his son’s future construction project by amassing the building materials he would need. (1 Chronicles 28:11-21)
We’d be wise to follow David’s example when it comes to being jealous of the success of others. Rather than be angry and wish it was us, or worse, question God’s love for us, we should be happy for the other person and lend our support any way that we can.
Our day might come one day, and when it does, we’ll be grateful for the support of others. But even if our day never comes, we can share in the success of others by helping to achieve it. The Lord loves the humble and the giving. Putting someone else’s interests above our own is the ultimate reflection of the selflessness we should aspire to.