1 Chronicles 22* David's preparations for the temple. (1-5) David'sinstructions to Solomon. (6-16) The prices commanded to assist.(17-19)1-5 On occasion of the terrible judgment inflicted on Israelfor the sin of David, God pointed out the place where he wouldhave the temple built; upon which, David was excited to makepreparations for the great work. David must not build, but hewould do all he could; he prepared abundantly before his death.What our hands find to do for God, and our souls, and thoseround us, let us do it with all our might, before our death; forafter death there is no device nor working. And when the Lordrefuses to employ us in those services which we desired, we mustnot be discouraged or idle, but do what we can, though in ahumbler sphere. 6-16 David gives Solomon the reason why he should build thetemple. Because God named him. Nothing is more powerful toengage us in any service for God, than to know that we areappointed thereto. Because he would have leisure and opportunityto do it. He should have peace and quietness. Where God givesrest, he expects work. Because God had promised to establish hiskingdom. God's gracious promises should quicken and strengthenour religious service. David delivered to Solomon an account ofthe vast preparations he had made for this building; not frompride and vain-glory, but to encourage Solomon to engagecheerfully in the great work. He must not think, by building thetemple, to purchase a dispensation to sin; on the contrary, hisdoing that would not be accepted, if he did not take heed tofulfil the statutes of the Lord. In our spiritual work, as wellas in our spiritual warfare, we have need of courage andresolution. 17-19 Whatever is done towards rendering the word of Godgenerally known and attended to, is like bringing a stone, or aningot of gold, towards erecting the temple. This shouldencourage us when we grieve that we do not see more fruit of ourlabours; much good may appear after our death, which we neverthought of. Let us not then be weary of well doing. The work isin the hands of the Prince of peace. As he, the Author andFinisher of the work, is pleased to employ us as hisinstruments, let us arise and be doing, encouraging and helpingone another; working by his rule, after his example, independence on his grace, assured that he will be with us, andthat our labour shall not be in vain in the Lord.
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