Text: 1 Chronicles 28-29 | Series: 1 & 2 Chronicles

9 “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. 10 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.

In these final two chapters of the book of Chronicles, David was making final preparations for the building of the temple; anointed, crowned and gave his charge to the newly-crowned king Solomon and the nation of Israel.

David’s charge could be summarized into three action steps:

Know God

Have a personal and growing relationship with God. However, with our sinful nature, we do not and cannot know God.

Enter the gospel! The good news is that Christ has paid for the penalties of our sins once and for all. Because of his sacrifice, we can come into the presence of God and have a personal relationship with Him. He has pursued us and has provided the way so we can come to Him. We can know Him because He knows us first.

Be Strong

David saw Solomon as young and inexperienced, hence the encouragement to be strong in obeying God’s commands.

Or this could also be a reflection of the spiritual battle David knew that Solomon would go through. The sad reality is that we are weak and rebellious by nature. On our own, we cannot and do not desire to follow God’s commands.

Enter the gospel! The good news is that Christ gives us strength. He knows our limitations and our sinful nature. God gives us commands to obey and He gives us the grace to do so.

Do It

David reminded Solomon that God has appointed him to build the temple for God and he should see it to completion.

All of us has general and specific commands from God. We are also to see these to completion. The problem is that sin is so powerful. We cannot do it on our own. If God’s commands are not kept, we cannot have a relationship with God.

Enter the gospel! The good news is that Christ’s obedience enables ours. Our obedience is based on the finish work of Christ on the cross. Our obedience is a response to what Christ has done for us.

Do you know this savior? He is inviting you to come and seek him with all your heart.