Over the last few weeks, the journey has taken me through 1 Chronicles 24 – 29. Some of the main lessons learned were that a lot of planning and organizing goes into a project. David wanted very much to build the Temple of God. Just as David wanted to build the Temple of God, our desire should be to build up our own bodies as God’s temple. In 1 Corinthians 3:16, the Word says “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”.
Much planning and strategy is needed in our society today as we set out in competition against the negatives that hold us back. As believers, we can defeat the competition by using the Bible is our playbook, knowing our role, and following every detail. Jesus has shown us how.
The task each day is to follow God’s commands by beginning with prayer, planning for success, and accepting the help of the Holy Spirit to guide our steps. A daily devotional should be a system of study that documents insights, allows application of God’s Word in our lives, and can be passed on.
David would not build the Temple of God but His son named Solomon would. In the twilight of his life, David was thankful for all that God had given him. He had accumulated many resources for Israel and personal treasure. His priority at this point in his life was to prepare Israel for the future and to give back to God by using these resources to build the Temple. In a similar way, when we read and write about faith, we are building treasures in Heaven. Like David, we may not see the end result of our effort while here on earth but we are contributing to God’s purpose of building lives for the future.
The journey through 1 Chronicles is complete. As I continue the journey through the Bible, the next adventure will carry me back into the book of Psalms. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting about the journey through Psalms 107-109 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.
List the areas of life for which God has brought deliverance (vv. 4, 10, 17, 23). What should be the response of those delivered? Why? Enumerate the wonderful works God does for his people. How do you respond to the love of God? Why?
What is the significance of the repetition of Psalm 57:7-11 and Psalm 60:5-12 here? For what is God worshipped? How do the people respond?
To what extent can you identify with the psalmist’s situation presented here? How is he treated? Why? To what extent does David request judgment on the accuser? On what basis? In what areas? On what basis does David pray for deliverance?
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.