1 Chronicles 29:10-18
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. 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. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.
“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. We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. 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. I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. O LORD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you.
David praised God and acknowledged that everything he was giving for the building of the temple in Jerusalem was from God. That’s true for all of us. What we give to God we’re actually giving BACK to God because He is the one who gives wealth and honor to people (vs. 12).
God tests the heart and is pleased with integrity (vs. 17). Money is always a powerful test God uses on our hearts. It has a powerful pull, but will it keep us from honoring God? Integrity is being whole or one-minded. If I believe that everything comes from God… that He is the Source… then I won’t live with Money as my god. Jesus said we cannot serve both God and Money (Matthew 6:24).
King David’s posture is inspiring. He is the King, but he worships the Lord with passion and whole-hearted devotion.
Lord, you are awesome and worthy of my life. To You alone belong the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Including me. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; You are exalted as head over all. I live for you this day.