1 Chronicles 29 is King David’s account of preparation for the building of the temple. He had wanted to build the house for the Lord, but the Lord chose his son Solomon to do the building.
David however laid up provision for it. In chapter 28 and 29 it recounted all the things he gave Solomon: the plans that the Lord gave him, the gold and silver by weight for all the articles to be used in every kind of service, bronze, iron, onyx stones, precious stones, and marble slabs in abundance.
David encouraged the leaders of the children of Israel to give. 29:9 says, “Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the Lord; and King David also rejoiced greatly.”
Then David blessed the Lord before all the assembly. Verse 11 says, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours in the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.”
Verse 14 is our application. It says, “…For all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You.” All things that we have are from the Lord.
David laid up treasure for his son Solomon to build a temporal house for the Lord. It was desecrated by the succeeding evil kings, and later torn apart and plundered by the enemy.
Mathew 6:20 says, “Buy lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Where is your heart-treasure? Verse 21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” We have been given eternal life. The only things we can take from this life to heaven are souls. We are His ambassadors to proclaim His salvation.
People in crises are looking for answers. The Living Lord dwells within us. What are we doing now to introduce Him? In 2 Kings 7, 4 leprous men went to the Syrian camp. They found that the Syrian’s had fled. Verse 8 says that they took food and hid it. In verse 8 they said, “…We are not doing right…let us go and tell the king’s household.”
This is the time for us to willingly give what we have to those in need. First for salvation, and whatever else we have in our hand to give. Father, help us to see with Your eyes, and reach out in Your compassion to those who are fearful and have no assurance of eternal life with You.