In 1 Chronicles 28 and 29 we read about the time before the Temple was about to be built. David’s great desire was for God to have a glorious Temple to dwell in amoungst His people.
As we read through these chapters we can learn a number of things about David and we see his heart come through. There are five things we can learn from David.
1. David rallied the people
David realised to build the Temple was a huge task. He called all the key people in the Kingdom together to speak to them about building the Temple (1 Chronicles 28:1). I am sure David realised that he couldn’t do it alone and he needed help from God’s people.
2. It was not about David
David realised he was not the one to build the Temple. God told him that he had too much blood on his hands and God needed someone else to do it (1 Chronicles 28:3). God had chosen David’s son Solomon to complete the task. David realised it was not about him. It was about getting the Temple built. Sometimes we need to know when it is time to hand over to someone else to complete God’s work. David could have tried to hold on to power, but he humbly stood aside.
3. David supported Solomon
David told the people that God had chosen Solomon to build the Temple. David then supported and encouraged Solomon. He reminded him to be faithful to God (1 Chronicles 28:9-10) and gave him all the plans God had given him (1 Chronicles 28:11).
4. David gave sacrificially
It would have been easy for David to take his bat and ball and go home. However, we see that he not only supported Solomon, but he committed all of his personal gold and silver to the project (1 Chronicles 29:1-2). This was on top of all he had amassed from other sources. Because of his generous sacrificial giving he was able to challenge others to give too. He didn’t just support Solomon in words, but by his sacrificial actions too.
5. David prayed and praised God
In verses 10-20 of chapter 29 we see that David prays and gives God all the glory and praise. David talks about God’s power and majesty and talks about how all of the wealth is God’s anyway. David understood stewardship and what building the Temple was all about – it was all about God and giving Him a place to reside amongst His people. He also prayed that God would give Solomon a desire to stay faithful to Him.
So how does this effect us today? If God has given us a vision to build a modern day Temple (a church), we need to remember it is not about us, but it is about building a place where God can reside and people can come from afar to worship Him.
God may have given us the vision and much of the finances, but He may actually need someone else to build it. If this is the case we need to be willing to step aside and commit to supporting the person/people God chooses to do the work. After all it is not about us, but about bringing glory to the great I AM and helping others come to know and worship Him too.