1 Chronicles 17

1 Chronicles 17

1 Chronicles 17 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

I am drawn to David’s actions over the second half of this chapter. As I read, I found myself wondering, “Do I do that?” After petitioning the Lord about building a temple, it is revealed that David’s son (Solomon) will be the one who builds a permanent structure. This was an answer that brought David much joy. Not only this, but God promises to be with Solomon.

I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me. I will not take away My faithful love from him as I took it from the one who was before you.

1 Chronicles 17:13 HCSB

David immediately goes into prayer thanking the Lord for his answer. The question I have is, do we do this? Is this action part of our relationship with God? David praises God from his heart. He takes time out of the day to honor and thank the source of all blessings. My thought for today is really that simple – do we do that?

If I’m honest, the answer is “not often enough.” I take blessings for granted. I complain. I worry. I go about my day with an attitude of “whatever happens, happens.” This was not David’s response. He exalted the Lord from the deepest part of his being. He spent time showing God just how much this blessing meant to him. I want to be like that. We all need to be like that.  In a culture that spends more time focused on what we don’t have than what we do, let’s agree to be thankful today.

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