Thursday, April 16, 2009

An Altar On A Threshing Floor

Focus verses: 1 Chronicles 22:1-16

Today's reading tells the beginning of the Temple, but it begins with the altar David had been told to build on the threshing floor.

Israel was again at peace with God and with itself. But David had numbered the fighting men without being told of God to do so. It was, in fact, a sin that Satan tempted him to. Whether he simply wanted to know the numbers or was planning some aggression in his heart, he took it upon himself to do this.

God was displeased, and He allowed David to choose the punishment. From three choices, David chose the hand of the Lord over discipline by other nations. David acknowledged his sin and returned to the Lord's way of doing things.

David's sins have precluded his building the temple for the Lord, but he started the planning and handed the job off to his son, Solomon. Best of all, he composed a song of dedication for the temple. (Psalm 30)

The music is back. When we agree with the Lord about our sins and have come through the consequences of our actions, the joy of the Lord's music can once again fill our spirits.

Father, God,

Help us to see where we have run ahead of Your plans and done what is displeasing in Your sight. Give us the grace to acknowledge our sins and turn from our selfish ways. Grant that we may always be filled with songs of praise for You.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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