A Hand Up

In The Word

Read: 1 Chronicles 22:2-19


So David gave orders to gather the strangers who were in the land of Israel, and he set stonecutters to cut out stones to build the house of God. And David prepared large quantities of iron to make the nails for the doors of the gates and for the clamps, and more bronze than could be weighed; and timbers of cedar beyond number, for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought large quantities of cedar timber to David. David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous, and glorious throughout the lands. Therefore I now will make preparations for it.” So David made ample preparations before his death.

Solomon Commanded to Build the Temple

Then he called for his son Solomon, and commanded him to build a house for the Lord God of Israel. David said to Solomon, “My son, I had intended to build a house for the name of the Lordmy God. But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so much blood on the earth before Me. Behold, a son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side; for his name will be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days. 10 He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son and I will be his Father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ 11 Now, my son, the Lordbe with you that you may be successful, and build the house of the Lord your God just as He has spoken concerning you. 12 Only the Lord give you discretion and understanding, and put you in charge of Israel, so that you may keep the Law of the Lord your God. 13 Then you will prosper, if you are careful to follow the statutes and the ordinances which the Lord commanded Moses concerning Israel. Be strong and courageous, do not fear nor be dismayed. 14 Now behold, with great pains I have prepared for the house of the Lord a hundred thousand talents of gold and a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond measure, for they are in great quantity; I have also prepared timber and stone, and you may add to that. 15 Moreover there are many workmen with you, stonecutters, masons of stone, and carpenters; and all of them are skillful in every kind of work. 16 Of the gold, silver, bronze, and iron there is no limit. Arise and work, and may the Lord be with you.”

17 David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help his son Solomon, saying, 18 “Is the Lord your God not with you? And has He not given you rest on every side? For He has handed over to me the inhabitants of the land, and the land is subdued before the Lord and before His people. 19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God; then arise, and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God into the house that is to be built for the name of the Lord.”

New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Walking In The Word


King David gave the charge for the House of the Lord to be built. He gave this mighty task, as God had commanded, to his son Solomon. He encouraged his son to continue to keep the law of the Lord and observe the statues and ordinances which the Lord commanded Moses. 

However, David didn’t just give the verbal direction for God’s House to be built to his son, he also gave him plenty of resources to start the project. As a father, he set his son up for success and not failure. Are you being a father like David to your children? Are you preparing to give them a hand up in this life to accomplish all that God has for them? Are you training them in the ways of the Lord? If you can’t answer “yes” to these questions, then pray and seek God on how you can start today.

We see that King David was a great example of a father here, but even as good as he was, we all have a Heavenly Father who is greater than any earthly father. Maybe you didn’t have a hand up from your earthly father, or maybe he didn’t train you in the ways of the Lord. Don’t be discouraged because if you have been born again, then God is your Father. If you allow Him, He will train you and give you all that you need to be successful in this life. He loves you more than you can even comprehend and works for your good to see you become conformed to the image of His Son Jesus Christ!

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