King David is preparing to build the Holy Temple, the House of the LORD God of Israel. Yet he also knows for his age and more importantly for his past transgressions (sins) against God and man, he will not be the one to actually build the temple. That duty will fall to his son Solomon when he becomes King. 1 Chronicles 22:1-4, 1 Chronicles 22:6-10
For David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, – This is only slightly important in the whole context of the matter. His age is not critical as much as recognizing his limitations as a parent.
and the house that is to be built for the LORD must be exceedingly magnificent, – God’s house MUST be exceedingly magnificent anything else that were to be built would dishonor God and say to the rest of the pagan world, “our God is not worthy.”
of fame and glory throughout all lands. – God’s house needs to be built so it is renown throughout the world. Not to make Israel famous, but to elevate God above all others.
I will therefore make preparation for it.” – Here, is the crux of the matter, David says I need to prepare. He does not go off half cocked on a mission, ill prepared for success. He takes due diligence and gathers the best of the best makes careful plans and …
So David provided materials in great quantity before his death. – Gathering and preparing all necessary items before his death. Quite the legacy to pass on to his son.
As a builder myself I know the importance of careful and precise preparations. There is nothing worse than getting to the job site and having the wrong materials, not enough materials or the plans being messed up to throw the day into chaos.
What could be a worse building experience? How about the legacy we are building for our families? There are two questions that must to be asked as way of application today:
Do we have our own house/temple 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 in order? Is it exceedingly magnificent for the Lord? Understanding of course it will always be a work in progress.
Do we have our households in order? Are we preparing the next generation(s) Deuteronomy 6:4-10 to have their own temple in exceedingly magnificent order for the Lord?
I pray the answer to both is yes!