O. T. #901 "Our Position and Possessions"
January 10, 2017
1 Chronicles 14
And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations. (1 Chronicles 14:17)
LET IT GLOW
Falwell suggests that Ezra should have written this chapter before chapter 13, as Samuel did in 2 Samuel 5. This information precedes the transferring of the Ark to Jerusalem.
Anyway, we recall that King Hiram of Tyre provided the lumber and workers to build David's palace. He initiated the sale building materials. (verse 1)
David perceived that the LORD had confirmed him king over Israel, for his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel. (verse 2) This international recognition was confirmation from the LORD that David's kingdom was approved by God (Holman Illustrated Bible Commentary)
David realized that God had prospered him for a special reason-for the sake of God's people. God places us where we are and gives us what we have so that we may encourage others and give to those in need. (Life Application Study Bible)
Are we using what we have where we are to bring the love of Christ to others and aid those in need?
Are we keeping our position and possessions in the right priority-for God's glory?
LET IT GROW
One of David's downfalls was women. He had a harem of wives and concubines, which resulted in numerous children. Even though it was customary in the heathen nations, it was not God's ideal (Gen. 2:24). His children resulted in jealousy, strife, and even murder in David's family, in spite of his marriages giving him power and influence.
Here is the account of the Philistines battling Israel. David inquired of God before going against them. Victory given by God established Israel as an empire over which David ruled 40 years. Israel developed a mighty army and was a force to be reckoned with.
David's ways differed from his successors in that he destroyed the idols of his enemies. (verse 12)
Do we go to God first before initiating our projects?
LET IT GO
Don't use my position and positions for my gain, but for God's honor.
Recognize that God gives and takes away.
All that I have is from Him.