Vs. 6, “Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the LORD, the God of Israel.” For the next eight chapters closing out I Chronicles, we are given much insight into the temple preparations. While David was not able to build the temple, he would do everything he could to help prepare in helping his son Solomon. All the conquering of the lands would help provide all the necessary items to build such a grand temple. It would take an estimated 25-30 years to complete this project. David’s charge to Solomon is a touching scene of a father and son (vs. 6-16). After speaking directly with young Solomon, David speaks to all the Israelite leaders (vs. 17-19). This endeavor could not be just relegated to David or Solomon; everyone needed to work together.
Regarding application…Obedience. Vs. 19, “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD.” Obedience seems to be a negative thought in our minds today. Obedience has this feeling of weakness and dependence that is contrary to the independent spirit we embrace. Question: What does obedience accomplish? It is evident and natural response to our faith. Holman’s Bible Dictionary defines faith…“Faith is the trustful human response to God’s self-revelation via His words and His actions.” Obedience is that trust response. As we are prayerfully in the midst of our Lenten season, let us continue to remain obedient and devoting our hearts!