(Part 26)


November 24, 2017

Today’s reading:  1 Chronicles 29:10-12

All Israel assembled at Jerusalem and David set the stage for the construction of the Temple under his son Solomon, who would succeed him as king. Then David made this prayer.

“Blessed are you, Lord, God of Israel our father, from eternity to eternity. Yours, Lord, are greatness and might, majesty, victory, and splendor. For all in heaven and on earth is yours; yours, Lord, is kingship; you are exalted as head over all. Riches and glory are from you, and you have dominion over all. In your hand are power and might; it is yours to give greatness and strength to all.” (v.10-12)

What a wonderful prayer! It acknowledges the greatness of God, from whom all good things come. But notice: majesty, victory, splendor, kingship, riches, glory, dominion, power, might—all having to do with greatness—are the Lord’s, but these are available to be given by God to all, imparting His greatness to His people.

God destines us for greatness as well!

What needs to happen?

One, we exalt God and acknowledge His dominion over us. “Therefore, our God, we give you thanks and we praise the majesty of your name.” (1 Chr 29:13). “And the whole assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their ancestors, bowing down in homage before the Lord” (1 Chr 29:20b). We are nothing apart from God. We can be great only because God wills it.

Two, we acknowledge that all good things we have actually belong to God. “For everything is from you, and what we give is what we have from you.” (1 Chr 29:14b). As such, we respond with great generosity in doing God’s will. In gathering the resources needed to build the Temple, David said, “I give to the house of my God my personal fortune in gold and silver” (1 Chr 29:3c). All Israel as well gave of their wealth (1 Chr 29:6-8). We give not just our treasure but our time and talent as well. We give our all.

Three, we give of ourselves not grudgingly but wholeheartedly and with great joy. “The people rejoiced over these free-will offerings, for they had been contributed to the Lord wholeheartedly. King David also rejoiced greatly.” (1 Chr 29:9). We recognize the privilege of serving God. We can endure whatever hardships come, as we keep our eyes focused on what God is doing and what His intent for us is.

Four, we do all things with integrity for the glory of God. “I know, my God, that you put hearts to the test and that you take pleasure in integrity.” (1 Chr 29:17a). We are not in this for ourselves. We shed all selfishness or self-interest. We strive to be righteous in everything we do, knowing we act in the name of our God.

Five, we have a sense of urgency in doing our work. “Our days on earth are like a shadow, without a future.” (1 Chr 29:15b). Much needs to be done. The Kingdom needs to be built. The salvation of God needs to be brought to the ends of the earth. Time is short. There can be a great future, if God’s people act on what God tells them to do.

Our God is a great God. We as His people are destined for greatness as well.

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