1 Chronicles 17 & 18: Who Am I?
Verse of the Day: (17:16) And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
1. Word (17:1-15)
And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, (17:3)
Initially Prophet Nathan endorsed King David’s heart desire to build God’s house, instead of just pitching a tabernacle to house His ark, however, in the same night, the Word of God came to Nathan, and told him that David shall only prepare the materials for the construction, and only Solomon, his son, shall build His house. The reason was that David was a man of war and had shed much blood from the many battles that he had fought against the enemies of Israel. (1 Chronicles 28:1-8) Though God refused David to build His house, the latter humbly accepted it as he knew it was God who took him from a shepherd boy to be the ruler of Israel. He was thankful and grateful to God for granting him the wisdom and power to defeat all the enemies of Israel, especially, Goliath, the giant Philistine. (1 Samuel 17) Indeed, let us not use our own understanding, but pray and seek God and His Word and will as we do His great and mighty work. (Proverbs 3:5-10)
2. Who (17:16-27)
Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blesses, O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever. (17:27)
David was overwhelmed that God had chosen his family to be the lineage of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Indeed, what a privilege to be called God’s children, joint-heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ, and more than conquerors through Him who loves us when we truly believe and trust in Him. (Romans 8) Let us therefore humble ourselves before God to know that we are only sinners saved by His amazing grace. (James 4:6-10)
3. Welfare (18:1-17)
He sent Hadoram his son to king David, to enquire of his welfare, and to congratulate him, because he had fought against Hadarezer, and smitten him; (for Hadarezer had war with Tou;) and with him all manner of vessels of gold and silver and brass. (18:10)
After David’s victory over many of his enemies, King Tou of Hamath, sent Hadoram, his son, to congratulate him and asking him of his welfare, because David had defeated Hadarezer, King Tou’s enemy. Indeed, if God is for us, who can be against us? Let us fully trust and obey God, and He shall surely provide for our welfare, and grant us wisdom, power and victory over our sins, death and the devil. (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You for saving my soul when I am a sinner bound for hell.