David's Temple?

Michael Wilcock

READ : 1 Chronicles 28:11-21

There is a lot to be learned from the biblical descriptions of the Israelites’ holy places. For the tent constructed during their travelling days, we turn to the books of Moses. For the temple erected after they had settled in their land, we tend to look to the accounts of the reign of Solomon, who built it.

It is easy for us to overlook the role of David at the time when one sanctuary was about to be replaced by the other. Chronicles tells us how close to his heart the scheme was. He, not Solomon, was responsible for preparing for it, and for doing so in great detail. To him God had given the plans by the Spirit (as verse 12 may mean) and in writing (as verse 19 does mean).

It cannot have been easy for him to accept a back seat in the grand enterprise. For the making of a dwelling-place for God among his people, Moses and Solomon would be remembered rather than David. He is famous for many other things, but not for this, a thing he would really have loved to do. “It takes more grace than I can tell to play the second fiddle well.”


Teach us acceptance, Lord, when you transfer to other people cherished projects of ours. Amen.