1Chronicles 24:1 – 2Chronicles 7:10
Day 31 of the Bible in 90 Days begins with reviews the people groups of Israel including divisions of the priests, the musicians, the gatekeepers and the army. Later, we see that David has completed his plans for the temple. He and the people of God freely bring gifts for the temple. King David the dies and Solomon sits at the King’s throne. God meets with Solomon one night and tells him he can ask for anything. Solomon asks for wisdom to lead the people. God promises him not only wisdom, but wealth and prosperity. The temple of the Lord is then built by Solomon and it is furnished. The arc of God is brought into the temple and at the end of our reading for the day, Solomon dedicates the temple of the Lord.
Scripture – 1Chronicles 29:17-18
17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18 LORD, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.
Preparations for building the temple have been made and David brings gifts for the temple before the Lord. He gave with no other motivation than to bless God and praise His name. After David gave his gifts, the other leaders freely gave with joy. They did not hold back from God. Seeing this caused David to rejoicing in the Lord. He was seeing his people acknowledge the blessings and faithfulness of God through generously giving back to him with no conditions or expectations. They realized that God was the source of all blessings. They were giving back to God what was already His. After seeing this, David prayed to the Lord that this attitude and joy that the people were experiencing would stay in their hearts and minds forever and to remain loyal to God.
God desires us to come to him and praise him when we are blessed. It should almost be a natural reflex to rejoice and praise the Lord while we are giving back. Our hearts should be sincerely thankful to our Lord. We should give without any expectation or motivation. Since God is the source of all blessings, why not pass the blessing to others and share the love of Christ at the same time?
Thank you for your blessings Lord. Remind me that every blessing and joy I have is from you. I praise your Holy name that you love me and want to bless me. I pray that I can freely give as David and the people displayed in the scripture I just read. Let me be a blessing to someone this week as I share your love to others though freely giving.