Giving to God Freely and Wholeheartedly

Michael Wilcock

READ : 1 Chronicles 29:1-9

The articles David envisions being made for use in the temple are very like those that Moses designed for the tabernacle; and Solomon is encouraged in taking over leadership from David much as Joshua was in taking over from Moses. Now we find a further parallel between these two epochs in Israel’s history. David calls on the nation, as Moses did, to join wholeheartedly in contributing to the grand project.

Even more than the giving of gifts, it is the giving of themselves to God’s service that is expected of God’s people. David shows what he means by devoting his own “personal treasures” to the temple fund. We are not to think simply of a generous gift of gold and silver. The “treasures” were probably a kind of investment, a royal pension fund, set aside for a possible time of crisis or need. By handing over capital rather than interest, David is expressing faith in a great fact: that when God is dwelling among his people they need no other security.

We may not be called to imitate David literally in this. But we can have equal confidence in the Lord; so let us give ourselves unreservedly to him. That, after all, is what he has done for us.

PRAYER

“Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to thee.” Amen.