Archive for July 8th, 2015

1 Chronicles 17

1 Chronicles 18 has David pondering the need for a house for God to dwell.  “Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent”.  David goes to Nathan the prophet with that desire – to build God a house.  But the word of the Lord came to Nathan directing him to tell David that God has a different plan.  “It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in…. I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever”.

God has a different plan for David’s life.  The task of building God’s temple will fall on Solomon but David is to focus on praising and walking with God.  God promises David an everlasting relationship with him and his son.  David wonders why God has been so generous to him and he goes in and asks the question “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house that you have brought me thus far”?  God’s goodness is always more than we can understand.

David then launches into describing the God we serve. “There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you.”  We serve the one and only true God.  He alone is worthy of our praise.  David focuses his attention on that reality and tells us that God is “making for yourself a name for great and awesome things”.  Our job is to make sure the world knows the God we serve.  It is to glorify Him and tell the world of His goodness and grace.  We are to make sure his “name will be established and magnified forever”.

That’s what we’re called to do as Christ Followers – to point the world to the God of the universe.  Do you live life pointing to God’s glory?  Do people see God at work in you and through you and know that all that happens in your life is from Him?  We can live one of two ways.  We can take credit and make the focus be on ourselves – claiming the glory as our own for anything good that we experience.  Or we can choose to point all the glory to God, who rightfully deserves it, and be sure the world know that He alone is the source of every good and perfect gift!

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