It really is David at his best. Not a perfect man . . . but a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). And, as I sit back and reflect on 1Chronicles 29, I don’t think the heart of David shines any brighter than it does right here. He knows he’s going home soon . . . the God in whom he has delighted for a lifetime will soon be the God in whose presence he will bow. And as he wraps up it here on earth, one more thing to make sure of . . . that preparation, as much as he can prepare, has been made for his son, Solomon, to build the temple . . . a “temple not for man, but for the LORD God” (29:1 NIV). And so the aging king rallies together his subjects . . . calls on them to support his inexperienced son when he assumes the throne . . . and asks them to practically contribute to the building of the temple just as David has done (29:2-5).
“Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the LORD?”
. (1Chronicles 29:5b ESV)
It was more than just an activity of throwing a few bucks in the offering. David saw in the giving of their material goods a visible reflection of hearts that wanted to consecrate themselves to the LORD . . . less about the amount then the attitude of setting apart oneself wholly to God . . . less concerned about the tax receipt than about total submission to their Sovereign as evidenced by their willing offering to His work.
And the people gave . . . and David blessed the LORD. He didn’t commend the people . . . he didn’t flash the total on a big reader board and say “Well done, everyone” . . . but he blessed the Giver of all good things . . . for it was He who allowed them to give of what they had received at His good hand.
Therefore David blessed the LORD in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are You, O LORD, the God of Israel our Father, forever and ever. 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. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all. In Your hand are power and might, and in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank You, our God, and praise Your glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from You, and of Your own have we given You. (1Chronicles 29:10-14 ESV)
Who am I to offer willingly?
O’ majestic God . . . God who allows us to address You as Father . . . You have taken my heart of stone, made it a heart of flesh, and infused it with a passion to know You. You are rewiring my egocentric soul, creating within me a desire to have You, and You alone, reign on the throne of my life . . . creating within me a contentment to just rest at Your footstool. Any longing I have to serve You . . . is from You . . . any opportunity to be found aligned to the will of God doing the work of God is from You . . . anything I have to give . . . whether time or resources . . . is a gift from You. Who am I to offer willingly?
What privilege to give of what the LORD has given us for His work.
O’ that my heart would be behind my actions. By His grace . . . for His glory.