My devotional reading this morning had me concluding the book of 1Chronicles. The last two chapters contain David’s commission to his son, Solomon, to build the Temple – ‘a house for the Ark of The Covenant and a footstool for the God of Glory’ – something in the heart of David that God did not permit him to build…for as David says, he was a ‘man of war’ and a ‘man of bloodshed.’ Nevertheless, Solomon would build this magnificent Temple for God… carefully following the “blueprints” David had been given by God, the Holy Spirit; using the gold, silver & precious stones that David had laid up in store (set aside) throughout his lifetime and for that expressed purpose.
Although there was much to ponder from David’s final charge to Solomon and his final charge to the people of Israel, his closing prayer – a declaration of praise and adoration – have been my musings. Oh! That this prayer would be my prayer; our prayer. read on ~
“Blessed be thou, O LORD, the God of Israel, for ever and ever. Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth, is Thine. Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou rulest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and it is in Thine hand to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name. But who am I… that I should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of Thee, and of Thine own have we given Thee.” (1Chron. 29:11-14)
“Every good and perfect gift commeth down from above, from the Father of Lights…” (James 1:19)
“And what do you have that you did not receive from God? And if you did indeed receive what you have, why do you boast as though you did not receive it?” (1Cor. 4:7)