“Furthermore, David the king said unto all the congregation, Solomon my son, whom alone God hath chosen, is yet young and tender, and the work is great. For the palace is not for man, but for the Lord God.” 1 Chronicles 29:1
When David spoke on his son’s (Solomon) behalf he made sure to remind the people that the palace belonged to God. In other words, even though his son was chosen as king by God, he was not inheriting his (David’s) house but he was inheriting God’s house.
David did the right thing. That is the right mindset we should have about our earthly possessions. Even when you bought your first home or your first car no matter what it may be, always remember that everything belongs to God. David went on to say in 1 Chronicles 29:11 that all that is in the heaven and the earth is thine, thine is the kingdom, o Lord and thou art exalted as head above all. Glory be to God! Yes, all that we have belongs to God and we should always acknowledge that, just like David did (Read 1 Chronicles 29:10-13).
Again, David said in verse 14, “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? For all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.” This really blew my mind, because so many times we forgot who the owner is and who is the caretaker. Here in verse 14, it is made clear and there should be no more confusion who is who. God owns everything and even when we give whether it is our monetary offering, or time we are only giving back to God what belong to him anyway! David set his affection toward God’s house (1 Chronicles 29:3) and not only gave out of the convenience of what he had, but he gave of his own personal gold and sliver back to God’s house. Back to the giver and owner. Can we be like David today? Let us set our affection towards the things of God and identify and acknowledge him as sole proprietor of everything.
Let us pray. Lord, please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord, please help me never to forget that you are the owner of all my earthly possessions. Please remind me daily of what David said in 1 Chronicles 29, that everything in heaven and the earth are thine alone. Lord thank you for life, health and strength and every earthly possession you have given to me including my children, my job, my car, and my talent in Jesus’s name amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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