Over the last few weeks, the journey has taken me through 1 Chronicles 17–19. I studied about David who was in search for a place to put the Arc of the Covenant but God gave David a different plan. Many think of David’s son named Solomon as the person to build the Temple of God but most believe the person being put forward as the most significant leader from the “house and lineage of David” is Jesus Christ. Today, we know that in the hearts of all believers is where the Spirit of God dwells. We can be thankful today for the abundant life given through His Son; filling our hearts with peace and our minds with rest. Let Him handle our yesterdays and tomorrows so we can focus on our today.
Also during the last few weeks of study, I noticed that David wanted to glorify God and give Him all the credit so he followed God’s directions. It amazes me when God does great things through His people. Amazing things happen to those who simply follow God’s path. They aim for the moon and even if they miss, God helps them reach the stars. When down to nothing … God is always up to something. Think of Moses parting the Red Sea, Daniel surviving the lions, David defeating Goliath, and Jesus freeing us from sin.
The Lord gave David victory everywhere he went and David gave God all the credit. He did what was just and right for his people. Scripture and prayer are weapons to win spiritual battles. Today we even have the added weapon of Christ our Redeemer. We can claim the sure victory He gave on the cross and share it with others.
David seemed to know how to be sensitive but yet tough on those deserving it. In 1 Chronicles 19:3-5, he shows consideration for his servants by being sensitive to their feelings of embarrassment and telling them to stay low in Jericho for a while until they could get their confidence built up. Let us learn this lesson since we all have friends and adversaries in life and the best way to go is to show respect and consideration for both. As people of this world, we have enough common enemies to face like poverty, disease, earthquakes, and storms. We don’t need to waste our time being cruel to each other.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about the journey through 1 Chronicles 20-23 and will use the questions below to help focus on each passage. Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of these questions. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
1 Chronicles 20:1 – 21:13
Why is God displeased with David counting his fighting men? What does David’s choice of punishment reveal about his relationship with God?
1 Chronicles 21:14-30
What retribution does the Lord’s angel bring to Israel? At what point is the destruction halted? Why? What glimpse is given of the shepherd’s heart? How does God show David that he is forgiven? What is David first required to do?
1 Chronicles 22-23
What is David’s reason for assembling materials for the building of the temple? List some of the duties of the Levites. Are there duties you could carry out to help with the worship of God? Consider new ways you can do so in our changing world.
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.