Then King David said to the whole assembly, "My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. The task is great because this palace is not for man, but for the LORD God.
1. David's words bring before us a tender worker. Solomon was yet young, and his father seemed to regard him as peculiarly insufficient for the position Providence was preparing for him. Perhaps his character thus far was unformed; and it may have been his accession to the throne which was the occasion of his recognizing his responsibilities, and preparing himself for his kingly duties.
2. They bring before us also a great work. The young monarch was to build a palace, not for man, but for God; to carry out a magnificent and costly scheme - a work which should be of lasting importance, both for Israel and the world. There was an apparent want of correspondence between a worker so tender and inexperienced, and a work so vast. Yet it was the Divine appointment that Solomon should build the temple; and events proved that, with God's blessing, he was able to carry out the great undertaking. The lesson of this verse is that there is Divine authority for youthful consecration and service; that there is no real inconsistency between a tender worker and an important work.
I. THERE IS A SUMMONS, ADDRESSED TO THE YOUNG, TO WORK FOR THE LORD, There was nothing peculiar or exceptional in the requirement made of Solomon. The kind of work entrusted to him was special; but there was nothing special in his call to work for the Lord. Every young person who hears the tidings of the gospel, who receives the Divine revelation, is under an obligation to work for Christ. When you enjoy the privileges, you are subjected to the claims, of religion. Jesus, who cells you to rejoice in his love, calls you to engage in his service. In detail, God by his providence will point out to you how you may glorify him; in principle, the service required of you will be the same as that required of Solomon. A cheerful mind, a willing heart, an unmurmuring submission, a lifelong devotion, - these are what Heaven delights in. A truly Christian life is, in any case, a great work. You have a palace to build for God; and all holy thoughts and righteous deeds and wise and kindly words are as stones in the edifice - an edifice to be reared to God's glory. How many are the admonitions we find in Scripture to youthful piety and consecration! - Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth! "My son, give me thine heart!" "Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My Father, thou art the Guide of my youth?"
II. THERE ARE MANY ADVANTAGES IN YOUTHFUL CONSECRATION TO THE LORD'S SERVICE.
1. It is advantageous to the worker. A sound basis is thus laid for a noble character. There is scope for development. A direction is given to the active nature which there will be no occasion to reverse or alter.
2. It is advantageous for the work. There is time for doing it thoroughly and consistently. The youthful worker can adapt himself to the work, and his interest in it will deepen as the years pass on. Youthful enterprise and energy will tend to its vigorous prosecution. Enthusiasm and perseverance combined, under the guidance and with the blessing of the Holy Spirit of God, cannot fail to forward the sacred enterprise, to advance the rearing of the spiritual structure.
3. It is acceptable to him who provides the work and qualifies the workman. God cannot but be pleased when his own work is taken in hand and carried on by those whom he himself has designed for it.
1. Let the young seriously consider the call of Heaven, readily accept the trust, and prayerfully seek guidance and help for its fulfilment. God comes to you and says, "Son, go work to-day in my vineyard."
2. Let all Christians encompass youthful workers for Christ with interest, sympathy, and supplication. As David commended the young prince, his son, to the considerate sympathy and support of the mighty men, priests, and counsellors, so would we beg all mature and experienced servants of the Lord to uphold their younger friends and colleagues by affectionate interest and prayers. - T.
I. THE NEARER A GOOD MAN APPROACHES HIS END, THE MORE SPIRITUALLY-MINDED HE BECOMES.
II. THE MORE SPIRITUALLY-MINDED A GOOD MAN BECOMES, THE GREATER HIS INFLUENCE UPON OTHERS.
III. THE GREATER INFLUENCE A GOOD MAN HAS UPON OTHERS, THE MORE CERTAINLY WILL GOD'S WORK BE ACCOMPLISHED.
2. Willing co-operation by all.
3. Appropriateness of service and gifts.
4. Animated by a true spirit of enthusiasm and joy.
I. THE DIVINE CALL TO THIS WORK IS DIRECT, IMPERATIVE, AND LOUD.
II. IT IS ATTESTED BY SIGNS AND WONDERS AS MARVELLOUS AND IMPRESSIVE TO THE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNING AS THE MIRACLES OF APOSTOLIC TIMES.
III. THE CALL IN THIS INSTANCE IS TO THE ENTIRE CHURCH OF CHRIST, INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY. The command, the obligation is universal and cannot be evaded. If you have not gold and silver to bestow, give yourself — heart, soul, mind, prayers, influence. If you cannot go to the heathen, send a substitute, give of your means, etc.
IV. THE TIMES DEMAND LARGE GIFTS, PRINCELY OFFERINGS.
V. NEVER HAD THE POWER OF EXAMPLE SUCH POTENCY AS NOW.
(J. M. Sherwood, D. D.)
(H. T. Robjohns.)I. THE BUILDING IS FOR THE LORD GOD, BECAUSE IT IS FOR THE PRESENTATION OF GOD'S WORSHIP. God claims to be worshipped. He deserves to be worshipped for —(1) What he is in Himself.(2) What He is to us. Worship takes the forms of adoration, thanks. giving, confession, petition, supplication, and intercession. By a very significant expression the Jews used to say when they went up to Jerusalem, that they were going "to appear before the Lord." The chief attraction of every place of worship ought to be that you ere coming to meet with God.
II. THE BUILDING IS FOR THE LORD BECAUSE IT IS BUILT FOR THE PROCLAMATION OF GOD'S TRUTH.
III. THE BUILDING IS FOR THE LORD BECAUSE IT IS FOR THE PROMOTION OF GOD'S PURPOSES. God's purposes are that men should be saved, sanctified, enlightened, comforted, strengthened, stimulated, and helped on to glory.
I. THAT RELIGION IS ESSENTIAL TO THE WELFARE OF A NATION (Psalm 33:12; Isaiah 60:12).
II. IT IS A WORK THAT SHALL REACH FORWARD THROUGH MANY GENERATIONS (1 Chronicles 28:8).
III. IT IS YOUR APPOINTED PRIVILEGE (1 Chronicles 28:10).
IV. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THE WORD SANCTUARY? (1 Chronicles 28:10). A sanctuary is a place of refuge from impending evils. If a man erect a lighthouse, he is honoured for preventing a great loss of life. If he build a hospital he is revered as the benefactor of his race for the mitigation of pain. But he who builds a church, or assists in the work, does more. Under the Divine blessing he is instrumental in enlightening dark minds, comforting troubled consciences, and in saving immortal souls.
V. THE TEMPLE WAS A TYPE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
VI. If David and Solomon were so zealous in providing means for having the type only, HOW MUCH MORE ANXIOUS SHOULD WE BE TO PUT OURSELVES AND OTHERS IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBSTANCE?
VII. IT IS SELDOM THAT A GREAT WORK CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED BY AN INDIVIDUAL. (ver. 1).
VIII. IT IS FOR THE GLORY OF GOD (ver. 1).
IX. DAVID'S EXAMPLE (ver. 2).
X. THE AFFECTION WE OUGHT TO BEAR TO GOD'S HOUSE (ver. 3).
(H. Clissold, M. A.)I. THE GOD WHOM DAVID WORSHIPPED. He worshipped God —
1. As the Supreme Being (ver. 11).
2. As the God of his fathers (ver. 10).
3. As personally appropriated: "My God"
II. SOME OF THE REASONS WHICH LED DAVID TO DESIRE TO BUILD A HOUSE FOR HIS GOD.
1. Jealousy for the honour of God.
2. Love and gratitude to God.
3. The thought that others besides himself should worship therein.
I. THE HOUSE OF GOD. The house of worship is the house of God.
II. BECAUSE THE ANCIENT JEWS LOVED THE LORD'S HOUSE THEY MADE IT BEAUTIFUL. This was natural, lawful, and Divinely sanctioned. This impulse was recognised, called out, and approved by God.
III. IT WAS A GENERAL AFFECTION EXERCISED AND EXPRESSED BY ALL THE PEOPLE.
(Henry J. VanDyke.)
Homiletic Magazine.I. THE OBJECT. "The work is great; for the palace is not for man, but for the Lord God."
1. In respect of the greatness of Him for whose use the palace is made.
2. The value of what is wrought there to all mankind.
3. The consequent expenditure.
II. THE GIVING. Circumstances of David's great collection and of ours are very different, but the principles are the same.
1. Definitely to the Lord. The money went into the hands of treasurers, but it was given to God.
2. Voluntary, "Who is willing?" "They offered willingly."
3. Hearty and gladsome. "Because I have set my affection to the house of my God," is David's reason for giving (ver. 3). And of all the givers it is said, "The people rejoiced for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord" (ver. 9).
4. With preparation. Mistake to give on sudden impulse only or to imagine that forethought, and method, and consideration are opposed to heartiness; intelligent, Christian love will lead to these in proportion as it is fervent. "I have prepared with all my might" (ver. 2).
5. With devout acknowledgement. "Both riches and honour come of Thee." "All this store cometh of Thine hand, and is all Thine own" (vers. 11-16).
6. With fervent prayer (vers. 18, 19).
PeopleDavid, Gad, Isaac, Jehiel, Jesse, Nathan, Ophir, Samuel, Solomon, Zadok
PlacesHebron, Jerusalem, Ophir
TopicsAlone, Assembly, Chosen, Congregation, David, Elohim, Entire, Fixed, Furthermore, Inexperienced, Marked, Palace, Palatial, Solomon, Structure, Task, Temple, Tender, Untested, Yet
Outline1. David, by his example and entreaty
6. causes the princes and people to offer willingly
10. David's thanksgiving and prayer
20. The people, having blessed God, and sacrificed, make Solomon king.
26. David's reign and death
Dictionary of Bible Themes1 Chronicles 29:1
5716 middle age
LibraryThe Waves of Time
'The times that went over him.'--1 CHRON. xxix. 30. This is a fragment from the chronicler's close of his life of King David. He is referring in it to other written authorities in which there are fuller particulars concerning his hero; and he says, 'the acts of David the King, first and last, behold they are written in the book of Samuel the seer ... with all his reign and his might, and the times that went over him, and over all Israel, and over all the kingdoms of the countries.' Now I have ventured …
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