1 Chronicles 15:1-24; 22:2-19; 28:1-29:22
Summary: Today’s reading will focus on material related to David and Solomon found only in 1 Chronicles. This includes additional information from the occasion that David moved the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, his words of advice and wisdom to Solomon, as well as his final prayer.
Also found in 1 Chronicles, but which we will not read, is the account of David’s organization of the Priests, Levites, and other officials related to the work and service of the temple, including musicians and gatekeepers (1 Chronicles 23-27).
Valuable Lessons from a Dismal Failure
I really do love fly fishing. One thing I enjoy about it is that there is always something more to learn. No matter how good, or bad, one may be at it there is something they can learn to help them be better at it, enjoy it more, and, hopefully, catch more fish. The “I’ve-got-it-all-figured-out” mentality doesn’t last long.
Anyone interested in serving and seeking and pleasing God will be on the constant lookout for insights and understanding about how that can be done better.
Here’s something interesting from David’s experience of moving the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. The first attempt had been disastrous. Uzzah died as a result (see 1 Chron. 13). Notice this comment from David reflective of that failed effort; “Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us because we did not seek him according to the rule” (1 Chron. 15:13).
Here are some observations about that first attempt:
The decision to bring the ark was made by the best leadership (see. 13:1).
The effort was considered to be “from the Lord” (see 13:2).
Consensus opinion of the people was that it was “right” (see 13:4).
The project enjoyed wide-ranging support (see 13:5).
Due respect was given to what the ark meant and represented (see 13:6).
It was a time of great celebration (see 13:8).
And yet God “broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.” Here are some more observations based on David’s assessment.
Our good intentions are not sufficient, we must follow God’s “rule”.
Otherwise good leadership can be wrong.
Consensus opinion is of little value in pleasing God.
What seems “right” and “from the Lord” to us, may not be at all.
Widespread support and celebratory moods do not sanctify a wrong.
Proper understanding and respect for God in one area does not cover over failure to obey in another.
What’s the bottom line? Well, let’s allow Jesus to say it; “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).