Pleasure of Providing

Text: 1 Chronicles 29:9-22

This text speaks about the building of the first temple. It talks about how God’s people were able to provide for God’s project, and were able to provide for it happily or joyfully.

In verse 9, it says, “The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.”

The people rejoiced because the provision for the Temple construction was provided at the willing hearts of the leaders.

Notice two facts:

  1. Provision is Patterned- paternal, leader, leading by example
    1. This week I saw I video in Facebook about a man suing the school system. He criticizes that the school system has not changed since the year 1,000 and it was only built so people can become factory workers, and the system of our schools destroys creativity and degrades teachers and students.
    2. Then I thought of the pattern set by the Bible, whereas, education starts primarily at home, especially from the Father as the guide and skills were the curriculum.
  2. Pleasure is Photocopied
    1. In High School, I remember a saying that says “There is nothing stronger than a heart of a volunteer.” Willingness and pleasure to give is rare and precious.
    2. We live in a world where hearts of men are indifferent to love the Lord, to give to the Lord. But if we are surrounded by people who are willing to give themselves to the Lord, we acquire such passion to do the same.
    3. In Deut 28:7-8, God’s Word says, “Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you.”
    4. The classic 1 Corinthians 9:7 says, “God loves a cheerful giver.”
    5. On the opposite side, if we surround ourselves with people who have no heart for the Gospel, no heart for the Church, for the Temple, for the Work of God, we will soon find ourselves with the same apathy, cold-heartedness towards the things of God.

But on this time, people were glad to give because David himself gave personally from his own money and savings. David has the intention to build an earthly house for the Heavenly King. In the previous chapter, in

1Ch 28:2  Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me, my brethren, and my people: As for me, I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the building 1Ch 28:3  But God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood. 

David was not qualified to build the temple, God appointed his son Solomon to be the builder. Instead, David devoted his time collecting money for the building project. In the same way, not all of us are called by God to some specific ministry, instead, God has his own purpose for us. Like David, God may place you in a certain place where you can be able to serve God more by providing for His work.

This was also the time that David was in his old age. A lot of people today dream of their old age as something where they can travel the world, live in a carefree manner and do whatever they want. They look at their 20’s to 50’s as a time of collecting money and 60’s as a time of splurging money. This is mostly the concept of the world about Retirement. How do you picture your sunset years?

“I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider a story from the February 1998 edition of Reader’s Digest, which tells about a couple who “took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball and collect shells.”

At first, when I read it I thought it might be a joke. A spoof on the American Dream. But it wasn’t. Tragically, this was the dream: Come to the end of your life—your one and only precious, God-given life—and let the last great work of your life, before you give an account to your Creator, be this: playing softball and collecting shells.

Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: ‘Look, Lord. See my shells.’ That is a tragedy. And people today are spending billions of dollars to persuade you to embrace that tragic dream. Over against that, I put my protest: Don’t buy it. Don’t waste your life.”

John Piper, Don’t Waste Your LIfe

What are you building today to prepare you towards that day? Or relatively, how will you spend your youth so you will not live a wasted life?

But is that what old age is about? Is retirement all about ourselves and spending and centering our lives around ourselves? But not David. He spent his old age productively both spiritually and eternally. He did this by doing the work of the Lord and investing his temporal treasures into eternal value.

It is interesting to note that God chose the nation of Israel to be His representative on the earth. He positioned Israel in a special location where nations will get to know the True and Living God. And the temple will be a shining testimony to the whole world so they will know who God is.

The next question is… How can this happen to us? vv 10 – 16 gives us 8 ways so we can have Pleasure in Providing.

Verse 10 says that “David blessed the LORD before all the congregation.”

  • Some people in their old age would tend to bless their own name because of their achievements and successes. They become proud of what they’ve done and what they’ve accomplished.
  • Some people, at their old age, instead of blessing the LORD, they curse the LORD. All the injustices they keep on remembering. And they live a miserable life.
  • Some people, they will not acknowledge God publicly. They would prefer to be private in their faith, maybe because of fear of being known or fear of being persecuted by their family.
  • But not David. He acknowledged that everything is because of God, He blessed God in front of His countrymen.
  1. First section, we are to POINT GOD’S PERSONALITY

The Supreme basis of our giving is God Himself. We are to build our beliefs on the Person of God so we can have the heart that is glad to give and serve.

  1. Letter A, in verse 10 we see that God is PERMANENT, He is Forever. “Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. “
    1. David points to God’s Permanence
    2. He acknowledged that Money is temporary but God is forever.
  • We cannot keep our money forever, but we can turn our temporary money to that which has eternal value by using it for the Lord’s Glory.
  1. If we are afraid of our future, we will be afraid to let go of money and comfort today. But if we believe God is forever, He is in the future and will care for your future.
  2. Jim Elliot, a brilliant student who gave his life as a missionary to the Auca Indians and was killed by the tribal people, said, “He is not fool who gives what he cannot keep, in order to gain what he cannot lose.”
  1. Letter B, David points to God’s POWER in verse 11, “Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: “for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. “ We should remember that God is Power. It is a rightful thing that all adoration and beauty belongs to God alone. It is a Soli Deo Gloria Life because it is a Sola Gratia Life.
    1. Today we live in a world that wanted beauty for itself. The world wants the praise and admiration. Vainglory or self-worship leads to emptiness, depression and uselessness. Man was never designed to acquire the glory which the Creator alone deserves.
    2. A vain heart is a heart that does not point God as the supreme Power.
  • But a worshipful heart heals the emptiness that self-worship brings.
  1. Letter C, v. 12, David acknowledged that God is PROSPEROUS. He is rich. “Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.” 
    1. “I own the cattles in the thousand hills”
    2. Proverbs 8:18 says, “Riches and honour are with me, yes, durable riches and righteousness.”
  • What does God possess?
    1. Riches, Honour, Power, Might, Greatness and Strength
  1. Letter D, v. 13, God is PRAISEWORTHY. “Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.”
    1. He is praiseworthy because of all the greatness He possess.
    2. He is praiseworthy because of his mercy that endures
  • He is praiseworthy because He alone is worthy.
  1. Second , we are to PLACE OURSELVES IN ITS PROPER POSITION
    1. First, we are just PILGRIMS. in verse 15, “For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers:
      1. This world is not our home. We live here, we reside here, we witness here, but this is not our ultimate home.
      2. We are to not to hold tightly whatever there is in this world.
  • 1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
  1. Second, we are PATHETIC. “We are our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.”
    1. We are to remember that we are hopeless on our own.
      1. Psalm 102:11, My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass. 
      2. James 2:4 “What is your life? It is even a vapor that passes a little while and after a while it is gone.”
    2. Third, we are POOR. 16 “O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.”
      1. We should remember that we own nothing in this world.
      2. In verse 14, David says, “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.”
  • Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 
  1. In Hosea 2:8, God cursed IsraelFor she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.” 
  2. In the Parable of the Talents, Luke 19:6 says that everything we have in us now are just entrusted to us by our Employer who will someday account us.
  1. Fourth, we should be aware that we are It means God tests our hearts. In verse 17, David says, “I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness.”
    1. It is not enough to give. Know the fact that God wants us to give with the right motive.
    2. Not to please ourselves or other people. Not to have the intention of stealing the glory that God is supposed to have.
  • What does God look for in the heart?
    1. He is happy with an upright heart. How is our heart?
    2. He is happy with a willing heart. Are we glad to serve?
    3. He is happy with a joyful heart. Are we happy to serve?
  1. So How can can we have the Pleasure of Providing?

Pray For A Heart that is

  1. Passionate v.18 – keep this in their imagination, intentions, purposes
  2. Prepared v.18 – established, can stand
  3. Perfect v.19 – Mature, complete , quiet, whole,
  4. Provided v.19 – ready
  5. Praising v.20 –Blesses God
  6. Presenting v.21 – Sacrificing

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