1 Chronicles 29
-This is a great climactic chapter that is full of the joy and generosity of a grateful people with a whole heart after God at the end of David’s reign over Israel and the beginning of Solomon’s reign, which would complete the Temple building. The provision had been made by David with great passion, consideration, and care. And now he was excitedly and prayerfully turning the project and kingdom over to his son in a releasing of authority. The LORD was greatly blessed and honored for all that He had done among the nation and the people. His rightful credit was verified in many different ways. Gifts were given directly to God for His great Name, His provision, His lasting authority, His greatness, His power, His glory, His victory, His majesty, His dominion, His headship, His exaltation, His riches, His honor, His rule, His might, and His strength (1 Chronicles 29:10-13). God’s abundance and blessing on an undeserving and sojournering people was realized, and all was now His because of the people being generous, grateful, and thankful in their gifts of return (1 Chronicles 29:14-16). They made sacrifices willingly unto their LORD in celebration and extended honor and homage to both their God and their king, David.
-After this, Solomon was made king a second time, and he was anointed ruler over Israel for the LORD (1 Chronicles 29:22). Zadok was made the priest. Solomon prospered in all he did as king and received the obedience and allegiance of all the officials, mighty men, and other sons of David (1 Chronicles 29:23-24). Solomon would rise in exaltation in the sight of all Israel with royal majesty like no other king before him in the land (1 Chronicles 29:25).
-David passed away “in a ripe old age, full of days, riches and honor.” He reigned over Israel for 40 years, 7 in Hebron and 33 in Jerusalem. Other chronicles from Samuel, Nathan, and Gad were written of him, regarding “his reign, his power, and the circumstances that came on him, on Israel, and on all the kingdoms of the lands (1 Chronicles 29:28-30).”
-*Application* “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people (Proverbs 14:34).” “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked man rules, the people groan (Proverbs 29:2).” Thus says the Proverbs, and it is true. Are we seeing rejoicing or groaning in our nations today? What does that say about our leadership? Pray for our nations that times of rejoicing may return as God is exalted and praised. He is deserving and should always be glorified by our rulers and the populace. This will ensure prosperity and blessing. The other key to this passage is generosity. Be a cheerful and abundant giver to the work of the LORD always (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 29:9