Death's approach has a way of prompting men to ponder their legacies. David fulfills his legacy by giving sacrificially to the LORD's house, preparing the Levites for their future, and by giving wise counsel to his son. He gives his wealth "because I have set my affection on the house of my God" (1 Chron. 29:3), a gift that motivates Israel's leaders also to give joyfully and sacrificially to the LORD. His greater gift, however, is wise counsel from the Spirit for his son's reign. David's twofold counsel to his son Solomon reveals key truths that fathers must understand for themselves and pass on to their sons:
What David commanded Solomon holds true for every person today. The great quest of this life is to know God and to fulfill His purposes. Everything else is vanity and chasing after the wind.
How has the LORD uniquely prepared David to plan for the temple's building? How will David's plans facilitate Solomon's building of the temple?
What will Solomon's completion of the temple building require of him?
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