A Prayer of David (@partakers_dave) #bgbg2

Those that know me, know that I love the Old Testament! Particularly Leviticus but also 1 & 2 Chronicles!

In 1 Chronicles 29:10-20, we have a great prayer of King David! Look how David talks of God and offers exuberant praises to Him!  You can tell that David has had a vibrant and intimate relationship with this God – the God of his youth and of his old age. David piles up the metaphors, and I am sure he is running out of superlatives for this great God! He speaks to God in personal and intimate terms: you, yours, our, I, my.

1.  WOW God! (v10-13)

Verse 10 sets the scene “Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting”.   God is their father! He is everlasting! Before Israel was, He is and always will be! God takes care of them as a father does His children – giving generously, protecting them and always being available for guidance.

Verse 11 is perhaps the central verse of this section: “Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.

Isn’t that a wow factor about God?  The whole of David’s emphasis in this prayer is on his LORD God! Greatness, power, glory, victory and majesty – all are yours O God – throughout the earth and the heavens! It’s all yours! Yours is the kingdom! Not ours! Not mine! But yours, O God our King!

For they are attributes of a king! Look at them!

  • Greatness is the sum of all the other qualities.
  • Power is that of a warrior!
  • Glory is the exuberant and ecstatic magnificence!
  • Victory is an all-conquering hero!
  • Majesty symbolises a dignity, regency and awesome magnificence! God is a King in greater splendour than any of the excesses of King Louis XVI!  This God is exalted about all things and is to be high and lifted up by His people!

As for the kingdom, whose is it? Is it Israel’s? Is it David’s? No! It is God’s and His alone!  Jesus is quotes this in what we call the Lord’s Prayer.  So David’s words resonate down through history.  In this context however, David uses it to symbolise the fact that the building materials, the amassed wealth, for the Temple construction, did not belong to Israel, never belonged to Israel but rather they were God’s and His alone!

Everything is God’s! Its all His! Nobody can say they have ultimate possession of them! The only reason, to paraphrase David, we have this amassed wealth to build the Temple, is because we have the leasehold to it! God owns the freehold, it’s all His and because of His generosity we can build Him a house!  And not only these material possessions, but also the imagination, ingenuity, craftsmanship, skills and talents – well they all came from God as well, so you craftsmen, bless God because God has blessed you with skilled hands to work on His house! Your strength is ultimately from His hand! All these things are given willingly – the possessions, the gold, the silver, the skills, the power and strength – all in service of the great God of Israel

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2. David on himself and his people (v14-20)

All the attributes of praise, given here by David to God, could with a great deal of justification, be said about Israel.  Israel was at the time a strong nation and David quite rightly still on the throne. Israel’s greatest King – full of power, might and majesty.  But no! David says it’s all about God! I am only here because of Him! Of course verse 14, “All things come of thee, and of your own have we given thee”, resonates in churches worldwide as the offering prayer.

By lifting up his Lord God and exalting Him above all things, including himself, David exhibits humility before God, and an example for his son, Solomon and the other people of Israel.

How about us in the 21st century? Is our relationship with God as deep and intimate as this prayer portrays the relationship between God and His servant, David? How is your giving to God – your possessions, money, time, skills, talents, strength and family? May 2014 be a year where each of us continually replenishes our relationship with God, getting ever deeper and more intimate with Him and allow this relationship to permeate every aspect of our life – including our imagination, creativity, possessions, money, time, skills, talents, strength, family, friends and anything else that we have!

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