1 Chronicles 25 & 26: A Wise Counsellor
Verse of the Day: (26:14) And the lot eastward fell to Shelemiah. Then for Zechariah his son, a wise counsellor, they cast lots; and his lot came out northward.
1. Word (25:1-31)
All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. (25:5)
King David’s leadership was God’s leadership, as he prayed in everything for His will to be done. David organised Israel by tribes and families according to their God’s given talents. He then appointed the sons of Asaph as God’s musicians to lead and teach Israel to sing and worship Him, while the sons of Heman he appointed them as His prophets to impart and share with them His Word as well as psalms and songs for their daily worship and application. Indeed, one day in heaven, we shall also worship and sing to God, serving and learning from Him for all eternity. (Revelation 22) Let us thus trust God and His Word, because it is powerful and living, piercing into our hearts and souls, convicting us of our sins, that we repent them, and do what is right before Him. (Hebrews 4:12-16)
2. Wise (26:1-19)
And they cast lots, as well the small as the great, according to the house of their fathers, for every gate. (26:13)
David’s leadership was God’s fearing and with His wisdom, as he only feared Him, and not man. He did not practice favouritism, as other than those like Zechariah, the wise counsellor, that God had blessed them with wisdom, he would cast lots for the various duties of the people. Indeed, let us fear God, and be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves, as we assign duties to our people in the ministry according to their God’s given talents. (Matthew 10:16-39) At the same time, let us be sober and vigilant in overcoming the devil, and be loving and forgiving to all, especially our enemies. (1 Peter 5:8-11)
3. Win (26:20-32)
Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD. (26:27)
David’s leadership was based on God’s vision and direction, as he set aside the precious possessions and materials from the many battles that Israel had won against their enemies for the preparation of the construction of His majestic and magnificent house that Solomon, his son, shall build for His glory. He also appointed the Levites as treasurers to manage and account for all the treasures in Israel. Indeed, let us have God’s vision and direction, and be far-sighted and long-term in our planning for our lives, family, career and ministry, and at the same time, trusting Him for our daily needs, knowing that we are truly winners and conquerors through Him who loves and cares for us. (Romans 8:37-39)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be as wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.