1 Chronicles 29:3
Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of my own proper good, of gold and silver…
It would be absurd to compare David's attachment to the projected temple to a Christian's attachment to any material structure. The tabernacle and temple occupied under the old dispensation a position no building can now occupy. The true comparison is with the spiritual temple, the house of God - the great edifice constructed of living stones, even of consecrated hearts.
I. REASONS FOR DAVID'S AFFECTION TO THE LORD'S HOUSE.
1. Mainly his attachment to the Lord himself, in whose honour it was to be reared.
2. Secondarily, the fact that the project was one which he himself had formed.
3. And further, his knowledge that the work would be accomplished by his own loved son.
II. PRACTICAL PROOFS OF THIS AFFECTION.
1. His own most liberal gifts in preparation for the work.
2. His encouragement to his people to give with generosity.
III. RESULTS TO THEIR OWN HEARTS. They could not cherish such feelings of interest, affection, and attachment, and manifest their feelings in so practical a way, without reaping some harvest of profit in their own souls. Their deep and disinterested joy in their gifts is an evidence of the benefit which they received. This example should encourage Christians to cherish and display a religious attachment towards the Church purchased by our Saviour's blood. - T.
Parallel VersesKJV: Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,
WEB: In addition, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, since I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, I give it to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house,