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DAVID'S PRAYER AND ATTITUDE TOWARD HIS OFFERINGS TO THE LORD

SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2021


King David valued the house of God so much that He willingly gave offerings that were thick on the ground, and sometimes, everything he had, so that the work of God would make progress. With all his resources, he provided for the temple of God - gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble - all of these in large quantities. Besides that, in his devotion to building the temple of God, he gave his personal treasures of gold and silver and supported the work of God in a mega manner.

Reference: 1 Chronicles 29:17 New Living Translation (NLT) "I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously."


Due to the heart David had for the Lord, He led his subjects to give to the Lord freely and wholeheartedly, and to consecrate themselves to Him. Then David praised God and prayed from his heart: "Lord from your hand comes all this abundance that we have provided to build you a house for your holy Name, and all of it belongs to you. I know, my God, that you test the heart and delight in uprightness. All these things I have given willingly and with an upright heart, and now I have seen your people who are present here giving joyfully and willingly....direct their hearts toward You.…" (1 Chronicles 29:16-18).

What an attitude of responding joyfully to God with valuable gifts and offerings! In everything David did for God, he did it joyfully, willingly, graciously, abundantly and lavishly. He praised God in an extravagant manner, and he was indeed outstanding in his "oblation" capacity. In a nutshell, David was an extraordinaire, being an awesome King that went out of his way remarkably and generously, to bless God with bountiful amounts of wealth and resources - with good motives, and for utile and godly purposes.


What lessons can we learn from David's reverential attitude toward God? First, David was great not just because He was a King, but because He was "prompt-to-do-it" and a hasty giver, especially in the matters that are applicable to godly purposes (Exodus 22:29 CJB). Second, King David didn't give because he was abundantly blessed, rather he gave out of control because it was in his nature to give in honour to God. Beloved, believe it or not - in the realm of faith, the greatness of a man is not measured by what he possesses but by what he gives. In Luke 12:15 (NLT), Jesus also noted that one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions, which means, as important as possessions are - they must never own you, determine your regard towards God, or control your existence.


Third, King David gave willingly, joyfully, graciously, meaningfully, enthusiastically and wholeheartedly, without regret or compulsion. 2 Corinthians 9:7 reads, "Each one should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not out of regret or compulsion. For God loves a cheerful giver" (BSB). David never gave reluctantly, grudgingly, in response to pressure, or of necessity. He gave purposefully, cheerfully and with pure motives. And it matters to God how we give and what goes on in our hearts as we do so.


Fourth, King David gave God his very best and that which he held dearly. He once said to Araunah, "I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God, of that which costs me nothing" (2 Samuel 24:24 AMPC). And guess what! Jesus said, "And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life" (see Matthew 19:29; Mark 10:29-30; Luke 18:29-30). However, at any given time, every Christian must learn to decide in their heart what to give and then do well to follow through on that conviction because God loves a cheerful giver with genuine motive. Shalom!


Scripture Reading - Proverbs 3:9; Proverbs 18:16; Matthew 6:2-4; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 8:12.


Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, I thank you for your enduring Word and for the Holy Spirit who teaches me how to be generous and conditions my heart to always participate in Kingdom-giving schemes. Being Kingdom minded, I give generously, sacrificing quality time, money, and effort to support the work of the Kingdom and to help those in need, out of my means of livelihood and I give up what is dear to me for the Kingdom's sake when led by your Spirit. By your grace, I remain faithful to the end of age. Thank you for rewarding earnestly and abundantly, my giving lifestyle inspired and sustained by the Spirit, in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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