“What shall I give unto God for all his benefits to me?” (Psalms 116:12)
David is very conscious of all that the Lord has done for him.
He is very conscious of his own unworthiness to have received all these blessings from the hand of God.
David a man of great power and extreme wealth never forgot his humble beginnings.
He continually remembered that he was just a nobody.
He was just a shepherd boy, his job was only chasing after sheep – and yet God took him from that humble circumstances and made him one of the greatest King over Israel.
God gave to him victory over his enemies, made his house and family great and established the kingdom with him.
David was always impressed by the goodness of God and the grace of God upon his life.
Not only had God done so much for David – He had promised to do so much more.
It was as if the blessings of the past were nothing compared to the blessings God wanted to pour on him.
God made amazing promises to David.
This is time for all of us, look what God has done for us.
Look at all the blessings God has poured on us.
And yet it is nothing when we compare it to what God has promised to them who love Him.
We have the joy of having our sins forgiven.
The redemption that Jesus brought to us.
But this is just the beginning.
We are His children and we are going to live forever in the glory of His kingdom.
We shall be like Him.
‘See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! … but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.’ (1 John 3:1-3)
The future promises are just marvelous.
And David so conscious of God’s goodness and aware of the promises of God for the future had upon his heart to somehow respond to God.
“I want to show God how much I love Him – He has showed how much He loves me!”
And so David decided to show his love for God by building a magnificent palace for the Lord – the house of God – the Temple – the place of worship.
And yet God could not allow him to build that house because his hands were too bloody with war.
‘But I let your son build the Temple – instead David, and I will build you a house.’ (1 Chronicle 17)
David decided that though he could not build the Temple – at least he could draw the plans and gather materials for it.
David made himself busy in his later years gathering gold, silver, brass, iron, wood-cedar, stones carved.
Getting all the material ready to build.
In the 28th chapter of 1 Chronicles, David talks to his son Solomon and he lays upon him the awesome charges and responsibility to build the house for God.
Now in chapter 29th chapter he gathers together all of the Elders of Israel, the chiefs captains, the leaders of the tribes and he announces to them the fact that Solomon will be taking over the throne.
‘Then King David said to the whole assembly: “My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, the task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the Lord God.”’ (1 Chronicles 29:1)
And then David tells of his personal contribution.
David was not only giving from the Kingdom’s resources, but also his personal bank account.
“Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God…” (1 Chronicles 29:3)
1 Talent = 66 pounds
David is giving 3,000 talents which equals the amount of money at today’s value of gold being around $1,600 an ounce:
5 billion dollars worth of gold.
And the 7,000 talents of silver to today’s value, it comes to approximately 180 million dollars.
David says, this is what I have determined from my heart to give to God.
And the reason why he is giving to God is because:
“I have set my affection to the house of the Lord.”
In other words: “I have set my heart on this…”
My heart’s desire to see this house for the Lord built.
Therefore I am taking out from my personal funds this money to be used in the construction of the Lord’s house.
Jesus said “For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
The converse is also true:
“Where your heart is there your treasure will also be.”
A lot of times we do not know where our heart is, but we can observe where we have put our values.
Where have I placed my treasure!
Because where I have placed my treasure is where actually my heart is.
David had a heart to see the house of God built – and because that was his heart, he had set his affection upon this – then this is where he also places his treasure.
$5 billion of gold!
David then challenges the Elders & leader of Israel to consecrate their service to the Lord.
“…Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the Lord?” (1 Chronicles 29:5b)
Who then is willing…?
Anything that I give to God of – has to come from a willing heart if it is to have any value at all.
My giving to God should never be out of pressure.
I should never feel an obligation to give to God.
God wants me to give to him with an open willing heart.
– Because I love Him.
Unfortunately some churches and para-churches groups fall in the trap of manipulation in order to get people to give.
Pressuring people to give!
Then people under pressure begin to resent what they have given God.
We should never give to God out of pressure.
“This poor little child is going to die of starvation if you do not give.”
“The work of God will fold up if you do not send an offering.”
Then we feel guilty, under pressure.
This should never be.
“Now, who is willing to consecrate himself today to the Lord?”
Note: David did not ask for an offering, he asked that their lives be consecrated to the Lord.
We will never be a willing giver until our heart is fully consecrated to the work of the Lord.
Paul said of the believers in Macedonia:
“And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.” (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
In our text 3 times it mentions the willingness of the people to give to the Lord.
v6…. “gave willingly”
v9… “people rejoiced at the willing response”
v9… “they had given freely and wholeheartedly”
This is the way it should be – offer to God willingly.
Whether it be of my time, my energy, my substance.
Give to God from my heart, in a very willing way.
And so David is challenging all the leaders.
Paul the apostle says about giving:
“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.” (2 Corinthians 8:12)
“For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action.” (2 Corinthians 9:2)
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
And so back to our text, the people offered willingly, they responded to David’s example and to David’s challenge.
They responded in a tremendous way.
And so we read:
“The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.” (1 Chronicles 29:9)
NOTE: they gave to the Lord.
It was a human project, but they were giving to God.
Giving to the Lord should be the greatest joy and the greatest happiness that we know.
If we cannot give with joy, then it might be better off for us not to give at all!
They day that what we do for the Lord becomes work and it is no longer fun, we should let it go to someone else!
The joy of our life should be to serve the Lord!
David could hardly contain himself in seeing the liberality of the people.
And then he went into a prayer of praise and exaltation.
“David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O 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, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. 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. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.” (1 Chronicles 29:10-13)
David recognized that it all belonged to God after all.
He has given us the riches.
He gave us the energy, wisdom, opportunities.
David recognizes he was nothing.
“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.” (1 Chronicles 29:14)
Love is always demonstrated by giving!
Now, what can God give to show us His love…
God loves so completely!
He gave His only Son.
What can I give to show my love to God?
Everything that I have really belongs to Him.
– So what can I give Him of worth?
Some people think:
“How much of my money can I afford to give to God this week?”
But as we grow in maturity we will say:
“How much of God’s money am I going to spend for myself this week?”
We recognize that it all belongs to Him.
“What can I give to God for all His benefits unto me?” (Psalms 116:12, KJV)
‘How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?’ (NIV)
And really the only true value I can give Him, my heart/my love/my passions/my life.
That’s all that I really have.
‘Lord everything I am, I have and I will have it is a yours.
You have been good Lord.
You have loved me.
You have blessed me.
And now you are giving me the privilege to give back to you.
Thank you Lord!’