1 Chronicles 28:2-3
2 Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building:
3 But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood.
-The Lord did not allow David to follow his desire of building God’s house because, being a warrior, he was not fit for the task. God limited David here due to his service as a soldier even though God Himself was the one who sent Israel to war. This is a very important aspect of being a soldier that we should never lose sight of. A soldier’s life is not one of privilege or high societal standing; rather it is a duty that is shouldered by a chosen few who pledge their lives for the safety and freedom of the rest of us. Their job is thankless, but they do what needs to be done. Lord we pray for our Soldiers and Veterans today and ask that you would ease their unique burdens, guard their lives, and most importantly save the souls of those who have not trusted in you. Lord, we also ask that you would provide grace and comfort to the families of those soldiers who have laid down their lives in service of this nation. We ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.