1 Chronicles 29:1-9, 20-23
David never turned aside from his desire to see a glorious temple erected to the honour of the Lord his God, and although he was not permitted to build it himself, he diligently provided the materials, earnestly charged Solomon to carry out his design, and at last gathered a solemn council to whom he commended this noble work.
1 Chronicles 29:1
God must never be served in a slovenly manner. We should feel under bonds to do our best in all religious work, because the labour is not for man, but for the Lord God.
1 Chronicles 29:2
He had thought upon the matter, and provided many things, and these were all of the best. Would to God that we all served God in this fashion, with thought and with sacrifice.
1 Chronicles 29:4, 5
He who gives freely himself may justly ask of others. Those who collect but never contribute are inconsistent.
1 Chronicles 29:6-8
He kept the accounts. God’s business should be done in order. Church funds should be very carefully accounted for, lest scandal arise.
1 Chronicles 29:9
The joy of giving to the Lord is a very great one. Angels might well envy us such bliss.
1 Chronicles 29:20
Paying religious homage to God, and respectful honour to the king.
1 Chronicles 29:21
Thus the threshing-floor of Araunah was saturated with blood that the foundations of the temple might be laid in sacrifice. Happy are those who are built upon the substitutionary death of Jesus.
1 Chronicles 29:22
So should sacred worship be far removed from sadness, and be regarded as a choice festival.
1 Chronicles 29:23
He was viceroy for his father for awhile, and then succeeded him by the consent of the whole nation.