Today’s readings.. (1 Chronicles 29), (Ezekiel 38), (John 4)
We tend to give only passing attention to our Chronicles reading because our other readings in Ezekiel 38 and John 4 provoke so much thought.  But in Chronicles we have the climax of the end of David’s life.  Consider the scene: he had made great provision for building the Temple, others had followed his example and “the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord” [1 Chron.29 v.9].
Now consider carefully how David offers the final public prayer of his life. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and the earth is yours.  Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.  And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.” [v.11-13]
Now take special note of the sudden change of thought in the prayer!  David’s mind, his vision of life and all that it really is, causes him to say, “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly?  For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.  For we are strangers before you and sojourners as all our fathers were.  Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.” [v.14,15]
David was totally honest and faced the true really if the human position in his thinking in total contrast to God’s.  Next he becomes very personal about his relationship with God. “I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness.  In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present hear, offering freely and joyously to you … direct their hearts toward you.” [v.17,18]
David now died and Solomon became king. His Psalm (No. 17) is a prayer; it provides a fitting epitaph to the thoughts we have culled. Note the last verse. “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”  David has set us a heart moving example to follow!

 

 

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