1 Chron 26-29, Psalm 127
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Chapters 26&27– WHOA!! Look at all the responsibilities/details/organization David made sure were taken care of: gatekeepers, treasurers and other officials, army divisions, the King’s overseers (in charge of royal storehouses, watchtowers, farmers, vineyard responsibilities, olive tree and fig tree caretakers, herders, caretakers of other animals, scribes, counselor. confidants, and commander of the royal army.) THAT is a lot of stuff and who would have EVER thought that would all come from a meek shepherd?? — A man’s after God’s heart!!
Did you recognize any of the names?
26:1 —Korahites —Moses Family
25:4-5 –Obed-Edom — Sound familiar? Go back to 2Sam 6. When Uzzah (not a Levite) died fixing the stumbling Ark (that NO ONE was to touch and was only to be CARRIED ONLY by Levites.) David didn’t know what to do, was angry and fearful, so he parked the Ark at Obed-Edom’s house for 3 months. David’s eyes were opened when he say how blessed Obed-Edom was, learned the Levitical Law about Ark, then moved it to Jerusalem the proper way.
26:18– Korah and Merari
26:32 — Did you notice the tribes that chose to live on the East of the Jordan river?
Army Divisions– The cross references to the army divisions all referred to all of David’s Mighty Men we read about in Chap 23
27:15 — Was that Othniel the Judge?
27:23…When David took the census out of Pride….
27:33… Names from the time of Absalom, but Chronicles is about the heritage of God’s Chosen People, not about all that “lesson”, so it left all that Joab stuff out.
Chapter 28 — David thought he would build the Temple, but God said “no.” Weren’t you touched by the fact that there was NO appearance of anger, arrogance, hostility, resentment, etc as David was passing the “torch.” He was simply reminding the people to FOLLOW God summoned all the officials to tell them he could not be the one to build the temple, but his son was the one. So he encourages ALL of Israel to FOLLOW GOD with all their hearts. He said in verse 8: ” “So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.”
David gave Solomon all the plans and encouraged his son to serve HIM with wholehearted devotion. David also acknowledged that the Spirit gave him all the details to organize the temple… don’t you LOVE David’s humility!! I mean he is the KING of the nation, and humbly acknowledges God. OH that we had MANY leaders that would do that today!! verse 19 — “19 “All this,” David said, “I have in writing as a result of the Lord’s hand on me, and he enabled me to understand all the details of the plan.”
Then he blesses his son publicly. He tells Solomon to be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged … look at verse 20 again..”David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”
This year I must admit I was struck by the last part of verse 20…”HE will not fail you or forsake you until all work for the service of the temple of Lord is finished.” Why did this tug at my heart? Possibly it is because I remember from last years reading that Solomon will end up having over 700 wives…all pagan…which will lead to his not following The Lord. It also reminded me of the fact that Israel will CHOOSE to become disobedient as we read further and they will suffer the consequences of their choices. HOWEVER….for today… we will begin watching the building of the Temple unfold and the UNITY remain for many years.
David shared with Solomon….all the details, tools, supplies, and people are available, organized, and ready to go with the skills God has blessed them with…. now move forward by beloved son and be with God!! OH MAN…you just have to love this story right here on Father’s Day!!
Chapter 29– Every fiber of David’s being is to Worship the Lord. With his heart, soul, and mind. He states that everything that has been given to him is from the Lord. Everything. He is a leader by example (wish we saw this more in our society today in government and schools.) WHAT an example of obedience!!!! Are the Psalms making even more sense now that you know who wrote most of them and why?? He never once gave up on the Lord. His enemies were out to kill him, some of them were his closest friends and he took refuge KNOWING that in the “big picture” HIS God always prevails. The Lord blessed him with the exact plans for the temple, just as Moses was for the tabernacle (Exodus 25).
David reminded the people that the Temple is not for man but for the LORD God. Not only did David organize, lay out, plan, appoint, but he also collected all the money, gold, silver, bronze, gemstones, and ALL that was needed to build the Temple. “Who is willing to consecrate themselves to the LORD today?”
David praised The Lord in front of the entire assembly!! WHAT a prayer of praise!! I’m making a copy of those verses and putting it in my pocketbook so I can read it daily. We see David’s humility in so many ways today like when he said: “WHO AM I that you should love us?” The more I know the Word and the character/attributes of God…the more I ask God this very question.
David asked that God “keep their (the Israelites’) hearts loyal to YOU.” He also prayed that God “Give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands” –vs 19. Those are some POWERFUL words of prayer that I am adding to the verses I keep in my pocketbook. Those are good words of prayer to pray over people in our lives today!!
David and his people offered sacrifices, sang praises, and David anointed Solomon as the next King. SOLOMON prospered in ALL he did (see how powerful David’s prayer was?) ALL men of David became loyal to Solomon…royal splendor. David ruled 40 years and today we witnessed his death AFTER he anointed his son King. That had to be a glorious moment for David to see his son on the throne for God.
God CHOSE David as King and now God Chose Solomon, David’s son FROM BATHSHEBA, to be Israel’s next King. Just a reminder that God does use all things for our good for those who are called according to HIS purposes. Can you imagine what it felt like to be Solomon?? He was filling his father’s shoes. He was accepting the blessing. ALL the people were ready, willing, and able to SUPPORT Solomon as King and build the Temple. Sometimes all we have to be is “ready, willing, and able” to follow God’s plan for us…..it’s already been laid out…every detail…just like David’s details for the Temple!! And, most often God gives us the “want to” to do HIS will because HE planted the seeds while we were in the womb….seeds that grow into a heart’s desire.
Psalm 127– A song of ascents written by SOLOMON. Did you know before today that Solomon wrote a Psalm?? I didn’t know until last year!! What a powerful one it is!! “Unless the LORD builds the House, the builders labor in vain…unless the LORD watches over the city the guards stand watch in vain.—WOW
Sharing HIS love,