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1 Chronicles 29:10-20

1 Chronicles 29:10-20

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David’s prayer remains a model of piety for believers today

1. David’s view of God

(a) King (29:1) [palace]

(b) Supreme over the earth and sky (29:10)

(c) Source of wealth and honor (29:12, 14)

2. David’s view of himself

(a) Nothing compared to God (29:14) “who am I?” expresses his humility

(b) Resident alien and nomad (29:15)—they do not have permanent claim over anything as their own

3. David’s view of wealth

(a) God is the source of wealth (29:12)

(b) God owns all that belong to David and nation Israel (29:16)

(c) David gave offerings willingly—voluntary contribution

4. David’s teaching about giving

(a) All wealth belong to and come from God—thereby, men cannot in any real sense give materially to him

(b) Not only do men not possess anything independently of God, but they have no natural right to do so—because strangers and sojourners

(c) The use of the terms “strangers” and “sojourners” emphasizes the lack of entitlement to the wealth that he possesses

(d) When they give willingly, they reflect God—particularly they give and rejoice

(e) Giving is motivated by the “bigness” of God for the purpose of making Him “big”

5. Jesus does not legislate giving, but He demonstrates giving

(a) Gave His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:46)

(b) Jesus appreciated voluntary giving

(b1) Widow (Mark 12:41-44)

(b2) Nameless woman (Mark 14:1-6)