Scripture: 1 Chronicles 26-29; Psalm 127. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
These last few chapters of 1 Chronicles describe the divisions of the gatekeepers, the army divisions, officers of the tribes, and the king’s overseers. The last two chapters of 1 Chronicles show the transition from David to Solomon as the king of the Israelites. David told Solomon to be sure to follow every single one of God’s commands to ensure the prosperity of Israel and the continuation of David’s descendants as kings. Solomon started his reign as king in 970 B.C. David gave up many of his personal possessions as gifts for the temple, and he encouraged the people to do so, as well. They all gave willingly to God’s work and plans for the temple. David was king over the Israelite nation for forty years, and then he passed away. Psalm 127 is a song written by Solomon, the new king, and it speaks of having God as the foundation in life. Follow along in 1 Chronicles 26-29; Psalm 127!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The soldiers gave their portion of the war plunder to the new temple being built to express their dedication to God. Just like these men, we should think about what we can give to God instead of what we are obligated to give. Our giving should be a matter of rejoicing, a response of joy and love for God. David was sure to tell Solomon to be careful to follow all of God’s commands. We can find God’s commands in the teachings of the Bible. The teachings of scripture are the keys that lead to happiness and security. We can trust God wholeheartedly. Our God is an all-knowing God; He knows all of our thoughts and actions, and He loves us anyway. Just like David, we can all develop a willingness to give to God’s work or to the less fortunate. It doesn’t matter how much we have; it is our willingness to give that matters. We are generous when we are thankful, and we can set great examples to the others around us by our generous attitudes. Psalm 127 is a song written by Solomon and makes a great point: All of life’s work – getting married and building a relationship, building a home and family, establishing a career, etc. – must have God as the foundation first. When we make God as our highest priority, setting Him as the foundation, He will help us do the building.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please continue to guide and protect us on a daily basis, and help us to always do Your will. We pray for protection from harm and pain in this fallen world. Help us to avoid evil desires and actions that begin with us, and please guard our every thought and every action. Please help us to put our faith and trust in Your strength instead of our own. Help us to put You as first priority in our lives, placing You as our foundation in all of life’s work. Help us to treat others with love and kindness. Please help us to flee from our temptations in this life, Father, always striving to please and honor You in our choices, for we know that the consequences of our sins can ruin not only our lives, but the lives of others, as well. Help us to flee from rebellion, giving all of our worries and fears up to You. Help us to strive to please You, Father, rather than the public eye. Help us draw near to You. We thank You for the unique talents and strengths that You give to each one of us. Please help us to utilize the opportunities that You put in front of us, for Your ways are better than our own. We know that You have a greater purpose for our lives. Help us to be patient and wait upon Your timing, Father. Please help us to use those giftings to honor and serve You. Thank You for being such a loving and forgiving, Father. And thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Help us to show compassion toward the less deserving, as well. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.