1 Chronicles 29

1 Chronicles 29 has David continuing to set up the transfer of the Kingdom but more importantly the building of the Temple to Solomon.  He doesn’t mince words here, but tells it like it is.  “Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the Lord God”. 2 So I have provided for the house of my God”.  David doesn’t paint the picture here that Solomon is a seasoned veteran and can handle this alone.  He is rallying the troops to support his work and make it a reality.  One reason David did so much to prepare for the building of the temple was because he knew that the work was great and required great resources – more than a young and inexperienced king like Solomon could be expected to gather on his own.

But David was also ‘all in’ on this project.  He not only committed resources from the Kingdom, but also his own personal resources.  “In addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God”.  It was a long list of his personal treasure, dedicated and given to the work of building the Temple that Solomon will oversee.  David gave all he gave because he loved the house of God. We naturally give to and support that which we love. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  David’s heart was deeply vested in getting God’s Temple built.  He gave a significant amount, and then based on his open handed example, challenged the rest of the leaders to do the same.

Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the Lord?  Then the leaders of fathers’ houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work”.    As is usually the case with good leadership, the rest followed and offered their gifts to the work as well.  David brought up his giving – especially the over and above giving – he used it as an occasion to challenge his fellow leaders to also give to the Lord.   And what happens when you give freely?  “Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly”.  There is joy, much joy in giving.  David set the example and others followed, and together they experienced the joy of sacrificial giving.

David bursts into praise to God.  “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all….now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name”.  They give and then praise the Giver of all things.  There is much to be grateful for, and many blessings to be thankful for.  David recalls the promise of God to his forefathers – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the faithfulness of God Almighty.  And as they celebrate, “Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king in place of David his father. And he prospered, and all Israel obeyed him”.  How could it go any better?  David passes the torch and the people respond with obedience.

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