May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017


Focus Verse: “But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given You. For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope. O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours. Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You. O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You; and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.”
1 Chronicles 29:14-19


What a fantastic prayer! First of all, notice how David approaches the Lord: humbly! That’s where it all starts. And reading further, this isn’t just a false humility. David acknowledges that it is God who tries the heart of man and delights in uprightness. He knows that God sees right through all of that fake junk and sees straight to our actual motive. Do you serve the poor so that you can feel better about yourself? Do you go to church so you can be considered “above that other group of people”? If so, God sees right though it. But the good news is, He can also change that! He wants to change that! But you have to come to him humbly.


The second thing we notice in David’s prayer is how generous David is. He acknowledges that everything is God’s, so what right does he have to hold back anything? We MUST put ourselves in the same position. Everything is God’s. We owe Him everything; our very lives! If you have never made that promise to God, I suggest you do it now. Tell Him that everything you have is His and He has the right to ask you for it all at any point. Go ahead and separate yourself from it now…it’ll make it a whole lot easier when He eventually asks for it back.


And finally, David asks that the people, most of all his own son, would have their hearts directed toward Him. That they would have a perfect heart to keep God’s Law and to do His will perfectly. I pray this every night for my son and daughter, that God would capture their hearts, and very recently I’ve started praying it for myself.


Every sin is cured if we love God enough. The only way we can love Him enough though is if He captures our heart through an experience with Him. When’s the last time you’ve asked God to capture your heart?

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