July 19

1 Chronicles 28:1–29:30

King David is approaching the end of his life. He assembles all the leaders of the nation in order to share with them his heart, which is to build a Temple for the LORD their God. It was something he wanted to do himself, but God did not permit it, due to all the wars he fought. God selected his son Solomon instead, to be king and builder of the Temple.

Although David was not allowed to build the Temple, he did everything he could to make sure it happened after his death. God gave him the plans and provisions, things which he passed along to Solomon. Did you notice how David considered the plans inspired by God? Reminds me of Moses’ plans for the Tabernacle.

1 Chronicles 28:11–12 (NKJV) “Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat; 12 and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries for the dedicated things.”

The gold the silver, the bronze, the iron, the wood, the precious stones David gave it all to God with all his might! Many people would rather spend their fortunes on themselves or give it all to their descendants, but David gave it to God. He was an example for the nation’s leaders. They saw what he did, and they followed suit through David’s encouragement.

1 Chronicles 29:5b (NKJV) “Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the LORD?”

1 Chronicles 29:6 (NKJV) “Then the leaders of the fathers’ houses, leaders of the tribes of Israel, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the officers over the king’s work, offered willingly.”

They gave generously to the work of the Lord, and they saw it as a privilege. 

I love the way David words it in:

1 Chronicles 29:14 (NKJV) “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You.”

David gave God all the glory for the way he was able to give back to God. The LORD had blessed David by entrusting him with an enormous amount of wealth. David had a heart and was in a position to give back to God obediently. Most people would pat themselves on the back in light of such grand donations, but not David. He considered himself unworthy to do such a thing. He saw it for what it was, an undeserving privilege. Let’s keep this in mind, the next time we give.

Throughout this section David encourages the people, along with his son Solomon, to seek the LORD and obey His commandments (1 Chronicles 28:8) if they did, God would be with them in a special way.

1 Chronicles 28:20 (NKJV) “And David said to his son Solomon, ‘Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.’

It’s as simple as that. The same promise is true for us. We seek the Lord by obeying His Word and investing into His Kingdom the time, treasures, and talents we’ve been given. If we seek God, we’ll find Him (Jeremiah 29:13) and be blessed by Him…all the days of our lives.

David finished the work, he finished his race, and died at a good old age. The throne was successfully passed on to his son Solomon who was the vessel God would used to make his father’s dream come true. Solomon would go on to build the Temple of the LORD.

Romans 5:6-21

For most people it would be difficult to die for someone, but we would probably do it for a friend. We’d take the bullet for a loved one. But God’s love is so amazing that He died for us when we were His enemies! How many people would die for their enemies? This is how we know God’s love. He didn’t simply say, “I love you,” He proved it to the point of death, and even the death of the cross.

Now, if that’s how God loved us and treated us prior to being a Christian, how much more so AFTER we’ve been reconciled to Him?

This should be a huge hope builder, because if God was willing to die for us then, even when we were sons of Satan and daughters of the devil, how much more will He “save us” (take care of us) now, that we are His children! 

1 John 3:1a (NKJV) “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”

Romans 5 gives us an infinite contrast between Adam (through whom sin and death entered the world) and the Lord Jesus Christ (through whom salvation and life entered the world)!

Pastor Chuck comments, “…even as it took only one man to pollute the gene pool, so it would only take one Man to make it right. Death spread through the first Adam, but life spreads through Jesus Christ, the second Adam.”

Sandy Adams said, “Some might argue that is unfair, ‘Why should we all be punished for one man’s mistake? Each person should stand on his or her own.’ But listen to Paul’s point! If I stood on my own, I would fall like Adam. Fairness would be fatal. God allowed one man to doom his descendants so one man could save them. In Adam I am a sinner. In Jesus the sinner becomes a saint.”

As Paul closes the chapter he fills it with comparisons on how the life we have is so “much more!” We find those two words together (“much more”) five times in this chapter! One of my favorites is in: 

Romans 5:20b, (NKJV) “But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.”

O Lord, I thank You for the triumphs in trials, for the life in Your love, and for the grace You give so freely, even though I fall so short and fail You every single day.

Psalm 15:1-5

Psalm 15 is all about integrity. Not that integrity saves us, faith in Christ does, but if we want to enjoy a life lived in God’s presence (abide in His tabernacle), integrity is the key.

People of integrity walk uprightly (Psalm 15:2a).

People of integrity work righteousness (Psalm 15:2b).

People of integrity speak the truth in their hearts (Psalm 15:2c).

People of integrity do not gossip or talk negatively about others behind their backs, or receive slander spoken against their friends (Psalm 15:3).

People of integrity esteem the godly (Psalm 15:4a).

People of integrity keep their word, even if it costs them (Psalm 15:4b).

People of integrity cannot be bought (Psalm 15:5a).

People of integrity shall never be moved, while all others are extremely vulnerable, tossed around like a beachball in Satan’s section (Psalm 15:5b).

Proverbs 19:18-19

Proverbs 19:18 (NKJV) “Chasten your son while there is hope, and do not set your heart on his destruction.”

If we love our children, we’ll chasten them, discipline them – verbally, physically, and circumstantially. If we don’t chasten our children, it’s as if we have our hears set on ruining their lives.

We must never abuse our children. All discipline must be done in love, never in anger, and it must be appropriate to the offense. Explanations must be given, compassion must be shown, and grace must be extended.

This is one of the toughest parts of parenting, but if we don’t discipline our sons and daughters, they’re essentially left to to themselves, to raise themselves without godly guidance – the enemy, the world, and the flesh will destroy them.

Proverbs 19:19 (NKJV) “A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; for if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.”

This Proverb can be connected to the previous passage.

Let’s say your son got angry and abused his wife. He gets thrown into the slammer. Would you bail him out?

If you do, he won’t learn his lesson. Of course every situation must be brought to God in prayer, but sometimes we get in the way of what God is trying to do.

If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, or you’d like to share something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward in 2021.

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