Prayer Day 15 Here Is My Amen: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) How did David “bless the Lord” in the sight of everyone gathered?

2) What is the context of this prayer?  

3) The people had just brought in a vast treasury, why praise God for giving it? Didn’t the people give it?

1 Chronicles 29:10-15

Then David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly. David said,

May you be blessed, Lord God of our father Israel, from eternity to eternity. 11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all. 12 Riches and honor come from you, and you are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all.13 Now therefore, our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name.

14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your own hand. 15 For we are aliens and temporary residents in your presence as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.

Original Intent

1) How did David “bless the Lord” in the sight of everyone gathered?
The Lord holds all power and authority; there is nothing higher than Him. He holds all blessing and chooses to “bless” us with His own goodness. We, on the other hand, do not “bless” God in the same way He blesses us; we can’t! It simply isn’t possible for us to make God’s existence “better” by blessing Him from our abundance; it’s a foolish and ludicrous thought! Instead, when we read in Scripture that people “bless God” they are in essence saying He is already Most Blessed. He is the most Mighty, the most Powerful, the all-Sovereign, and so forth. He alone is worthy! For David to bless the Lord “in the sight of all the assembly” means that King David publicly and boldly praised the Lord. Because David’s praise included God’s eternal kingship and characteristics of total sovereignty, this portion of his prayer falls into the category of “Doxology.

2) What is the context of this prayer?
Since the time of Moses when he led the Israelites through the wilderness after being delivered from slavery in Egypt, God had chosen to dwell among His people by means of the Tabernacle. (and I seriously hope you have a bunch of questions about the Tabernacle because the GT Sisters just finished an awesome Journey Theme on it. Check it out HERE!) Eventually, David became King of Israel and was grieved in his heart that he had a fine house of cedar to live in, but God’s ark dwelled in a simple tent. (2 Samuel 7:2) David wanted to build a house for God, but God replied with a firm no. This was not David’s job, instead it would fall to his son, Solomon, to build a temple for the Lord. (2 Samuel 7:12-13) At the end of 1 Chronicles in our passage, David is nearing the end of his reign and, in preparation for the temple his son would build, David has called the Israelites to bring in an offering of donations to help build it.

3) The people had just brought in a vast treasury, why praise God for giving it? Didn’t the people give it?
Yes, the people did bring in large amounts of material possessions and monetary funds with which to finance the large building project. They did indeed sacrifice of what they had for God, but David’s doxology points to the truth that nothing they brought ever fully belonged to them in the first place. The king of a land had full access to anything within his jurisdiction for his purposes at any time. On a much larger scale (that includes everything, even the universe itself), the King of Kings is God Almighty. Everything the Israelites had was because of Yahweh. Verse 14 speaks specifically to this when David says, “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand.” 

Everyday Application

1) How did David “bless the Lord” in the sight of everyone gathered?
How do you feel about praying in public? Whether it’s bowing your head in a restaurant before you eat, praying aloud in front of a group, standing before a congregation, or even praying aloud over someone, these public prayers bless the Lord. When we pray in public, we are declaring that we will bow to none, but Jesus Christ. We are giving Him the praise rightfully due Him. Praying aloud isn’t something everyone is comfortable with, not even close! But it is something we can all practice! Begin by praying more frequently when you’re alone, even pray out loud when it’s only you and the Lord. These times will sew confidence into your relationship with Christ and give you the boldness to bless Him in front of others!

2) What is the context of this prayer?
David had a clear calling from the Lord on his life from the time he was a young shepherd boy all the way through to his final breath. David was called to do much for God, but he wasn’t called to do everything. The same is true for us. We need to both acknowledge God’s specific calling for us, and give ourselves to that work, while also firmly holding to the truth that God does not need us to do His work for Him. He is the work. The kingdom is His, the power and glory are His. One of my favorite verses in this section of Scripture is found in 2 Samuel 7:11 where the Lord’s response to David’s desire to build a house for God is this, “The Lord declares to you (David) that the Lord will make you a house.” Before David could lift a finger for God, God had already done the work for David. It’s a beautiful picture of a solid biblical truth, everything begins and ends with the Lord God Almighty. It’s His reign that will last forever without end, not ours.

3) The people had just brought in a vast treasury, why praise God for giving it? Didn’t the people give it?
In this, you and I today are no different than the Israelites of David’s time. Our families, our relationships, our homes, vehicles, paychecks, food, and countless other blessings, are gifts given to us for the express purpose of building God’s kingdomhere on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10) When we surrender ourselves, yes, sacrifice of what we have, to the Lordship of God as our King, trusting in His good, Father heart of love, we will walk into deeper abundance than we could ever know by keeping it all tucked away for our own purposes. Begin looking around your home, taking inventory of our talents and material possessions, and ask the King how He wants you to use them to build His kingdom. Remember that His heart is good, and His possessions include all the power and glory for ever and ever, Amen!

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1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
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3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

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