Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 29
In a final initiative as king, David gathers the necessary materials for his son Solomon to build the Temple. He gives a lot himself – 112 tons of gold, 262 tons of silver and more. This motivates the people to give – they in turn give 188 tons of gold plus 10,000 gold coins, 375 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, and 3,750 tons of iron. They gave freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord (v.9). King David and all the people were filled with joy.
I’m so thankful to be a part of a church that gives to God. I sit here this morning filled with joy as I remember the missions offering in October. You have enough to build 3 churches (that makes 30), continue our translation project in Mozambique, and give almost 5,000 Bibles to Christians in Iraq. Thank you! This still moves me.
David is so filled with praise that he leads the people in a time of worship to God. His prayer is overwhelming…
Then David praised the lord in the presence of the whole assembly: “O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace. “O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously. (v.10-17 NLT)
Are you moved by that like I am? We have a lot to thank God for too… why not take a few minutes and pray your own prayer of thanks to Him. If you’re a writer – write it out for later review. There’s power in praise – getting our eyes off of us and our problems –and on our Great God!
Posted by: Tim Parsons