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1 CHRONICLES 28:1-29:30 | ROMANS 5:6-21 | PSALM 15:1-5 | PROVERBS 19:18-19
We continue with our reading of David’s life and times, and in this passage, there is particular reference to the handing over of the reins of the kingdom from father to son. David is now old and wishes to put things into order before his time is up, and so, he summons the leaders and officials of his kingdom and informs them of his choice of Solomon to succeed him as king.
Furthermore, he has specific instructions which are somewhat reminiscent of the kind of parting instructions that Moses gave to the children of Israel before they crossed the river Jordan into the promised land.
At this time, David says this to the people: 8 “So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.”
And to his son, he says this: 9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 10 Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”
Furthermore, David offers up a prayer of praise. It is one that is timeless, and regardless of one’s circumstances would be good for anyone at all to repeat, just as David composed it as follows:
“Praise be to you, LORD,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
Turning now to our reading in the book of Romans, we find Paul making a case for the new order of salvation and reconciliation with God through faith in the miraculous life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Speaking of Jesus’ death on the cross, he says, 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
And then, he goes on to explain how great a sacrifice this is—it is the way that we might be spared the wrath of God.
Paul says, 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
The next few verses continue in this vein, and so profound is each word and sentence that I cannot help but reproduce these in their entirety. Just as the early Christians in Rome to whom this letter was addressed, must have read and reread Paul’s words, it would behoove us to do the same.
Paul says, speaking of the gift of God’s salvation through faith in the work of Jesus: 15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Turning now to our psalm for the day, we find Psalm 15, another psalm that I have had committed to memory as a young child, all thanks to my mother. I reproduce the psalm in its entirety in the King James version that I learned it in:
1Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
4In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
5He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
Finally, a verse from the book of Proverbs, penned by Solomon, son of David, and wise king of Israel. If there was ever any doubt about whether it is appropriate to discipline one’s children, here is admonition in support of it:
18 Discipline your children, for in that there is hope;
do not be a willing party to their death.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word.