1 Chronicles 29* David induces the princes and people to offer willingly. (1-9)His thanksgiving and prayer. (10-19) Solomon enthroned. (20-25)David's reign and death. (26-30)1-9 What is done in works of piety and charity, should be donewillingly, not by constraint; for God loves a cheerful giver.David set a good example. This David offered, not fromconstraint, or for show; but because he had set his affection tothe house of God, and thought he could never do enough towardspromoting that good work. Those who would draw others to good,must lead the way themselves. 10-19 We cannot form a right idea of the magnificence of thetemple, and the buildings around it, about which such quantitiesof gold and silver were employed. But the unsearchable riches ofChrist exceed the splendour of the temple, infinitely more thanthat surpassed the meanest cottage on earth. Instead of boastingof these large oblations, David gave solemn thanks to the Lord.All they gave for the Lord's temple was his own; if theyattempted to keep it, death would soon have removed them fromit. They only use they could make of it to their real advantage,was, to consecrate it to the service of Him who gave it. 20-25 This great assembly joined with David in adoring God.Whoever is the mouth of the congregation, those only have thebenefit who join him, not by bowing down the head, so much as bylifting up the soul. Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord.Solomon's kingdom typified the kingdom of the Messiah, whosethrone is the throne of the Lord. 26-30 When we read the second book of Samuel, we could scarcelyhave expected to behold David appear so illustrious in hisclosing scene. But his repentance had been as remarkable as hissin; and his conduct during his afflictions, and towards the endof his life, appears to have had a good effect on his subjects.Blessed be God, even the chief of sinners may hope for aglorious departure, when brought to repent and flee for refugeto the Saviour's atoning blood. Let us mark the differencebetween the spirit and character of the man after God's ownheart, living and dying, and those of worthless professors, whoresemble him in nothing but their sins, and who wickedly try toexcuse their crimes by his sins. Let us watch and pray, lest webe overcome by temptation, and overtaken by sin, to thedishonour of God, and the wounding of our own consciences. Whenwe feel that we have offended, let us follow David's example ofrepentance and patience, looking for a glorious resurrection,through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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