A WILLING HEART
by Rev. Howard Rosen, Jr
Pleasant Grove Baptist
1Chronicles 22 – Seeking God takes a willing heart.
We have been looking at how David has learned to seek the Lord in his life in his place as king. We have seen him make mistakes, we have seen him sin, seen him walk in disobedience to God that cost other peoples lives, we have seen him go to battle with the power of the Lord being with him, we have seen him being told no by God, but we cannot escape the fact that all of David’s ups and downs has brought him to the place of always seeking the Lord for the help that he needed. These are the things that lead him to be called a man after God’s own heart.
Why? Because David had a willing heart, willing to accept his wrong and confess it to the Lord, willing to do what God has planed no matter what.
Today we take a look at this willing heart of David as he gets things ready to build the temple of God he is not angry that God has said no he is completely willing to do what God wanted we see the heart of a true servant of God.
1. WILLING TO GIVE
David bought the land to build the temple. He refused to take it as a gift. Ch. 21:24. He also gave of what he had in V14 he gives tons of gold and silver to the work of the Lord.
2. WILLING TO HELP
We see David preparing the workers to get the materials ready for the temple. V3-4
3. WILLING TO DEDICATE
He dedicated his family to the work of the Lord. V5 He called his son and challenged him to build the house of God. V6. David was willing to pass the work of the Lord onto the next generation building up the young and tender hearts making them ready to serve the Lord and encouraging him to bring glory to the Lord . . . Magnifical!
4. WILLING TO ACCEPT
V7-8, David accepted the place God has given him to serve. He didn’t whine and complain about not being able to build the temple he was completely willing to not only help, but explain why he was not the one God could use. He completely accepted God’s will . . . Not mad!!
5. WILLING TO SEEK PEACE
V9 (man of rest) David understood his place in God’s timing and that it was time for a new leader in the land. He knew that his son Solomon was a man of peace and he knew it was time for peace. My friends the house of God should be a place of peace ruled by the Prince of Peace living through us showing the world the peace of God.
6. WILLING TO MOTIVATE
David issues a challenge to his son Solomon, to all the workers, and then to all the nation of Israel. What is the challenge? He told them to get up and get busy, to know that God is with you, he tells them He has given you the strength. Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord, to bring God into the temple, and to be holy vessels of God, whose purpose is to bring glory to the name of the Lord.
My friends we need to answer that challenge today we need to seek the Lord with all our heart and soul and be willing do what He has called us to do. To Give, To Help, To Dedicate, To Accept, To Seek Peace, and To Motivate Others.