Merry Ministries is off to a great start to 2013 with our study of 1 Chronicles.  It truly is a great book of history which zeroes in on the life of David beginning with his genealogy going all the way back to Adam.  Then the book moved to his reign as king over Israel.  He rose quickly as a great military leader.  He inquired of God before making important decisions.  Hmmm.  Sounds like a good idea.  I encourage you to take a look at his beautiful song of praise and thanksgiving in 16: 8-36.

He wanted to build God a house, a great temple made of stone and mortar.  But God said no.  David’s son was to build it instead.  God wanted to build David a house, but not of stone and mortar.  He wanted to build him a house of flesh and blood, an everlasting dynasty that was to come through his son Solomon, (and later Jesus Christ who is of the lineage of David and Solomon).

We saw the nation grow, strive and conquer the land that God had promised Israel under David’s leadership.    By chapter 28, David is an old man and is anointing his son, Solomon to be the next king of Israel.  If you are only going to read one chapter, make it this one. Read the whole chapter.   David offers some very good advice to Solomon in verses 9-10, 20.  I think it is good advice for all of us for 2013:

1 Chron. 28:9 “And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. 10 Be careful now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.” ….  20 Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.

I think this is teaching us a few things:

1) Know God personally; 2) Serve God whole-heartedly; 3) Serve God willingly;      4) Seek God and his will; 5) Be faithful to God; 6) Be careful and do whatever God has called you to do. 6) Be strong and courageous 7) God will not leave you or forsake you.

Another key chapter finishes the book, 29.  There is another beautiful prayer of David’s found here in verses 10-20.  He begins by praising God.    I want to challenge you to do the same.  Every morning for a week, would you begin your prayer with verses 10-13 just to get yourself into the habit of praising and thanking God before you start making your requests.

1 Chronicles 29:10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said:“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

God bless you all.

Mary

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