“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.” 1 Chronicles 29:15-19.
For a long time, David was not one of my favorite people in the Bible. I always had a bone to pick with him about Bathsheba, and her poor husband, Uriah. How, Lord, how could this be a man after your own heart? But if you read the Psalms David wrote, you can see that he was not one of his favorite people, either. Yet, he knew that to be a good ruler, he would have to walk in God’s forgiveness. Otherwise, he would remain estranged from God and be rejected. This is why he wrote:
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1
David was able to continue as a faithful man because he could accept God’s mercy. His devotion was pure, and he planned on God’s glory for his people’s future. He made preparations and he knew it was not all about him.
Father, help us all rediscover our first love and devotion to you, and let us return to the first works, as Jesus commanded. If we love Him, we will keep his commands. He loved us enough to die for us and send the Holy Spirit so we would be able.