Life is full of opportunities. Les Brown said that opportunity stands by silently waiting for you to recognize it. In America, many people are striving after the so-called American Dream. They are looking to have the biggest house, most money and best job. In Bible times, King David did have all that. He had a big house, lots of money, and was king! Yet David, as many of us do, realized something was missing among the opulence that he had. Let’s see what David realized:
1 Chronicles 17:1 “When David was settled in his palace, he summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant is out there under a tent!””
Although God told David not to build the actual Temple (his son Solomon did), David did everything he could to prepare all the building materials and necessary items for his son.
What can we learn from David’s insight and actions? First, David has his priorities right. David realizes that while he’s taken care of and blessed to live in this great palace, God isn’t! David, the “man after God’s own heart” realizes that God isn’t being respected and isn’t treated with the generosity he should be. David wants the House of Worship to reflect the care, importance and majesty that his palace does. It is evident from the Bible that David is a man of action. So not only does David recognize that God is deprived, shall we say, but David goes ahead to do all he possibly can to get everything ready for action. David does all the preparation and gathers all the materials, giving Solomon a relatively easy task to go ahead and build it.
I encourage you to take time this week to make sure that God gets as much attention as your life does. Are your priorities correctly focused, taking care of both God and you?