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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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In the fortieth year of his reign, David calls upon all leaders of the kingdom for an important meeting. The king's health was compromised and some feared that he could not attend in person, but, strengthened by the Spirit, he chaired the meeting and spoke words that have become unforgettable.

 

The nation's leading personalities attended the event. Princes of the tribes, military leaders, administrators of the royal estates, the king's sons, heads of the clans and also the staff of the palace awaited expectantly the day's events.

 

The elderly king asked them to support his son Solomon and called on all to unite in favor of the construction of the Temple. With a heart full of emotion, David reminded them that long ago he had expressed the desire to build a temple for the Lord, but was prevented from doing so by God through Nathan the prophet. Despite not being chosen to build the Temple, he was happy  to undertake extensive preparations so that the work could be done by his successor.

 

David learned from bitter experience that condescending is very dangerous and urges everyone to serve God with an undivided heart. "Be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever” (1 Chronicles 28:8).

 

Solomon is reminded that the king is not superior to other humans and will only receive the blessings of God after seeking them earnestly. With direct and objective words David affirms: "The Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work” (1 Chronicles 28:10).

 

The speech of David achieved the expected results. King and dignitaries came together to perform the task entrusted to them. In the early years of his reign Solomon devoted himself entirely to the task of building the Temple of the Lord, supported by the leading men of the nation.

 

Happy is he who discovers the high purpose for which he came into existence. Just as Solomon had his special mission, so we have ours. Ask God what He expects from you and then devote yourself wholeheartedly to fulfill the dreams He has for your life. In doing so, the outcome will be a bright future!

 

Heavenly Father, give me joy and courage to follow the path that You have planned for my life.




Jobson Santos
Adventist Media Center
Brazil