Today we are reading 1 Chronicles 28. In this chapter we read about David’s charge to Solomon regarding the building of the Temple. “”And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever. Be careful now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong and do it.”” 1 Chronicles‬ ‭28:9-10‬ ‭These are the words of David to his son Solomon. Have you given a similar charge to your son or daughter? Have you strongly encouraged them to stay faithful to God? What about your grandchildren? Your spiritual legacy is the only one worth passing on to your descendants. Everything else is temporary and worldly. May God bless you to make an eternal difference in the lives of your family members! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Chronicles 27. In this chapter we read about the leaders and divisions David appointed for military purposes. “This is the number of the people of Israel, the heads of fathers’ houses, the commanders of thousands and hundreds, and their officers who served the king in all matters concerning the divisions that came and went, month after month throughout the year, each division numbering 24,000:” 1 Chronicles‬ ‭27:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Why was it necessary for David to be intimately involved with the details of military service? How did this involvement help the nation of Israel. The flow of leadership went like this: God — King/Prophet — People. This covered spiritual, economic and military matters. David always did best when he consulted with God first. David got into trouble when he left God out of the process. How are you like David? Who suffers when you leave God out of the process? May you always remember to seek to please God in all your ways. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Chronicles 26. In this chapter David continues to organize those charged with keeping the gate and the treasury. “These divisions of the gatekeepers, corresponding to their chief men, had duties, just as their brothers did, ministering in the house of the Lord. And they cast lots by fathers’ houses, small and great alike, for their gates. The lot for the east fell to Shelemiah. They cast lots also for his son Zechariah, a shrewd counselor, and his lot came out for the north. Obed-edom’s came out for the south, and to his sons was allotted the gatehouse. For Shuppim and Hosah it came out for the west, at the gate of Shallecheth on the road that goes up. Watch corresponded to watch. On the east there were six each day, on the north four each day, on the south four each day, as well as two and two at the gatehouse. And for the colonnade on the west there were four at the road and two at the colonnade. These were the divisions of the gatekeepers among the Korahites and the sons of Merari.” ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭26:12-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬ “Casting lots” was a custom used to determine which priests would serve in which location and shift. To us, this may seem like chance, but in Jewish tradition it was an accepted practice. How do you determine what God wants you to do? Do you ask Him to guide you with important decisions? May God direct you in all your ways. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Chronicles 24. In this chapter we read about David organizing the musicians and singers for the Temple.“David and the chiefs of the service also set apart for the service the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who prophesied with lyres, with harps, and with cymbals. The list of those who did the work and of their duties was: Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah, sons of Asaph, under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied under the direction of the king.” ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭25:1-2‬ ‭How does music enhance your worship experience? What are your favorite hymns or praise songs? Have you ever noticed how a hymn you experienced in worship stays with you throughout the day? David had a deep appreciation for music and worship. This appreciation and the Holy Spirit compelled David to write many psalms. Today we are blessed through these works of David. May God use your praise to bless future generations of believers. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Chronicles 23. In this chapter we read about the organization by David of the priests serving in the Tabernacle and Temple. “The divisions of the sons of Aaron were these. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died before their father and had no children, so Eleazar and Ithamar became the priests. With the help of Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, David organized them according to the appointed duties in their service.”
‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭24:1-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬ David was very detailed in his organization of all things related to the Temple. What does this say about David? In our worship we are very detailed also. We plan the services and who will serve. How do you participate in worship planning and execution? Is there a way you can be more involved? How dedicated are you to worshipping God? May God bless you in your service to Him! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Chronicles 22. In this chapter we read about the elderly King David making preparations for Solomon to build the Temple. “”Now, my son, the Lord be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the Lord your God, as he has spoken concerning you. Only, may the Lord grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the Lord commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed.”
‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭22:11-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬ David is going to great lengths to provide everything his son needs to build a Temple that will be famous among the nations. He wants to do his best for God. What lengths do you go to in serving God? Would you say you give your absolute best for God? How could you “take it up a notch”? Why do you think David was son driven to serve God? May you be consumed with your service to Jesus! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Chronicles 21. In this chapter we read about David’s sinful desire to number Israel. In response, God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. “So the Lord sent a pestilence on Israel, and 70,000 men of Israel fell. And God sent the angel to Jerusalem to destroy it, but as he was about to destroy it, the Lord saw, and he relented from the calamity. And he said to the angel who was working destruction, “It is enough; now stay your hand.” And the angel of the Lord was standing by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the Lord standing between earth and heaven, and in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. And David said to God, “Was it not I who gave command to number the people? It is I who have sinned and done great evil. But these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand, O Lord my God, be against me and against my father’s house. But do not let the plague be on your people.””
‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭21:14-17‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The Angel of the Lord is an awesome and terrifying sight to behold. How would you react to the appearance of the mighty angel? How does it make you feel to know God’s angels are watching over us?   Sometimes I wish we could see the angels that are with us! May God fill you with confidence in His mighty power at work in us who believe! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Chronicles 20. In this chapter we read about David and his armies killing the giants of the Philistines. “And after this there arose war with the Philistines at Gezer. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Sippai, who was one of the descendants of the giants, and the Philistines were subdued. And there was again war with the Philistines, and Elhanan the son of Jair struck down Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam. And there was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number, and he also was descended from the giants. And when he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, struck him down. These were descended from the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.”
‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭20:4-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ For the people of David’s time, anyone who killed an impressive enemy became famous. This demonstrates the importance of being able to defend yourself in those cultures. Today, our concern is more about generating wealth so that you can be economically secure. For Christians, neither physical nor economic strength is essential. God can protect and provide no matter what the circumstances might be. How are you tempted to trust in things other than God when times are tough? Which concerns you more, economic or physical security? May God supply all your needs and calm all your fears. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Chronicles 19. In this chapter we read about the hostilities of the Ammonites toward Israel. “But when the Syrians saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they sent messengers and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the Euphrates, with Shophach the commander of the army of Hadadezer at their head. And when it was told to David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan and came to them and drew up his forces against them. And when David set the battle in array against the Syrians, they fought with him. And the Syrians fled before Israel, and David killed of the Syrians the men of 7,000 chariots and 40,000 foot soldiers, and put to death also Shophach the commander of their army. And when the servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with David and became subject to him. So the Syrians were not willing to save the Ammonites anymore.” ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭19:16-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬ God protected David from those who sought to do him harm. God does the same for us. He sends His angels to watch over and protect us. When are you most aware of God’s protection? How has God used you to protect others? Who might God be sending you to protect? May God bless you and keep you in His loving care. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Chronicles 18. In this chapter we read about David’s victories over all his neighbors. “Then he put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. And the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went. So David reigned over all Israel, and he administered justice and equity to all his people.” ‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭18:13-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬ For David and the Israelites, having peace with their neighbors meant they were safe and prosperous. How do you relate with your neighbors? There is a security that comes from knowing the names of your neighbors. How do you reach out and bless those around you? What can you do to help them feel safe and prosperous? May God bless you to be a blessing! Pastor Tim