May 17, 2017: SOAP #2722: 1Kings 2: 1Chron 29; Ps 95; 2Thes 1 Scripture:  1Chronicles (NIV) 29:10 David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.   11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and [...]

May 17, 2017: SOAP #2722: 1Kings 2: 1Chron 29; Ps 95; 2Thes 1

Scripture:  1Chronicles (NIV) 29:10 David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.  
11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 12 Wealth and honor come from you;
14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.  
16 O LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.

Observation:   David was not allowed to build the temple"that assignment went to his son, Solomon.   But the project was dear to David's heart, so he found a way to be a part.   He gave!     His example of generosity caused others to respond willingly and generously.   The generous offering that was received caused David's heart to overflow in praise with the prayer in these verses.            

Application:    First:   all my possessions come from God.    Second:   I must do with them as He directs.   Third:   since God has given me what I have, then He can give me more if the need arises.   Fourth:   when I please God with what I have, I can expect He will provide more with which I can be generous.    

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, like David, everything in my hand was originally in your hand.   It came as an expression of your generosity.   Now, may it continue to be an expression of your generosity as it flows from me to others.   Amen                    

Pastor Leon
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