The People Rejoiced…

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  • November 02, 2011

One more theft. Below is a post by Pastor Justin Gottlieb from Seven Mile Road Boston. Same deal as yesterday. It will be helpful as you seek to apply the word we preached this past Sunday.

“The people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord.” (1 Chronicles 29.9) As he neared the end of his life, King David was committed to setting his son up to succeed in his calling to lead God’s people. David knew Solomon was young and inexperienced. David also knew that Solomon was called to build the Temple, in which God would dwell. This was not novice work. It was serious business that would require serious loot (i.e. money). Knowing the glorious, but difficult call, before Solomon, David gave generously to the work.

He says it like this in 1 Chronicles 29.2-3: “I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble. Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God.”

David follows that with a list of all he gave. Let’s say that he was generous. But David isn’t what I want to write about today. I want us to see the people of Israel. After David gave, the people gave their “freewill offering.” (1 Chronicles 29.6f). And they gave more than the king. They gave so that the house of the Lord would be taken care of. This surely meant that some were giving up savings and luxuries, but for others it probably meant that they were giving away some essentials. With giving like this we can be sure that there was cost attached.

That’s why the next verse is exciting to read: “Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the King also rejoiced greatly.” (1 Chronicles 29.9).

They responded to God’s grace to them with hearts that gave big and then they rejoiced! They didn’t have to be told to give. They just did it. And after they gave, they didn’t think about what they gave away with longing that it was back in their hands. Instead, they rejoiced that God had given them hearts that caused them to give to his work.

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About Ajay Thomas

Ajay lives in Philadelphia with his wife Shainu and their kids Hannah and Micah. He is responsible for preaching and vision as a pastor at Seven Mile Road.

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