Monday, May 17, 2010

Project 4:4--Day One Hundred Eight

Day One Hundred-Eight, I Chron. 26-29

More unpronounceable names, more duties assigned.

Appointment of treasurers; appointment of officials and judges; appointment of military commanders; appointment of tribal officers; overseers of possessions; appointment of close advisors.

HOWEVER—as boring as today’s reading starts out, it ends just as impressively!

There is an assembly of all the officials in Israel. There in front of all this gathering of important people in David’s country, Solomon is named as the successor to the throne. David gives him this charge:

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”

Wow. Reminds me of our promise that if we, also, seek Him, we will find Him; if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. Also reminds me of the tragedy that Saul’s reign ended in. For Saul, also, was chosen by the Lord. However, when Saul forgot the Lord, the Lord rejected him, and his life tailspinned into a mess of mistakes and excuses.

At this assembly, David solicits contributions for the materials to build the temple for the Lord. The people are incredibly generous, and David is incredibly grateful. Here is located one of my favorite prayers, as David recognizes that God is ultimately the giver of all good things anyway. (This, to me, is reminiscent of the fact that every good and perfect thing is from the Lord.)

In David’s prayer, says, “Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand.”

Amen.

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