Today’s reading in the Chronological Bible is 1 Chronicles 26 – 28. In the first two of these chapters, we see the listing of the divisions of gatekeepers and then the captains and their officers, followed by the listing of the leaders of the tribes of Israel.
In chapter 28, I found some really valuable encouragement from King David. This is what I call “buried treasure.”
In this chapter, we see King David finally addressing the people. He calls together all the leaders, captains, overseers, officials, warriors and otherwise mighty men because he has a very important announcement:
2 David rose and stood before them and addressed them as follows: “My brothers and my people! It was my desire to build a temple where the Ark of the LORD’s covenant, God’s footstool, could rest permanently. I made the necessary preparations for building it, 3 but God said to me, ‘You must not build a temple to honor my name, for you are a warrior and have shed much blood.’ 4 “Yet the LORD, the God of Israel, has chosen me from among all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen the tribe of Judah to rule, and from among the families of Judah, he chose my father’s family. And from among my father’s sons, the LORD was pleased to make me king over all Israel. 5 And from among my sons for the LORD has given me many children he chose Solomon to succeed me on the throne of his kingdom of Israel.
Yes, his son Solomon was going to build the Temple. God has given these instructions – and very detailed ones – about how it should be built. But David himself would not be part of the building.
I love some of the words of David in this chapter. I found them very encouraging for today in the “temples” God has us building. Check it out:
8 So now, with God as our witness, I give you this charge for all Israel, the LORD’s assembly: Be careful to obey all the commands of the LORD your God, so that you may possess this good land and leave it to your children as a permanent inheritance. 9 “And Solomon, my son, get to know the God of your ancestors. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and with a willing mind. For the LORD sees every heart and understands and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 So take this seriously. The LORD has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work.”
20 Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly.
Be strong and courageous! He will never fail you or forsake you.