Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 22, 2015

“I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever. I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicle chapter 17.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+17&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“3 It came about the same night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, 4 “Go and tell David My servant, ‘Thus says the Lord, “You shall not build a house for Me to dwell in;  5 for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent and from one dwelling place to another.  6 In all places where I have walked with all Israel, have I spoken a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, ‘Why have you not built for Me a house of cedar?’”’ 7 Now, therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader over My people Israel.  8 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you;  and I will make you a name like the name of the great ones who are in the earth.  9 I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and not be moved again;  and the wicked will not waste them anymore as formerly, 10 even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel.  And I will subdue all your enemies.

Moreover, I tell you that the Lord will build a house for you.  11 When your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up one of your descendants after you, who will be of your sons;  and I will establish his kingdom.  12 He shall build for Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever.  13 I will be his father and he shall be My son;  and I will not take My lovingkindness away from him, as I took it from him who was before you.  14 But I will settle him in My house and in My kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.”’”  1 Chronicles 17:3-14.

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David wanted to build a house for the LORD.  But, the LORD promised to build a house for David and to do other things for David and his descendants.

There are approximately ten “I will” promises by the LORD in today’s Scripture.

The LORD dramatically changed the focus from what David wanted to do to a focus on what the LORD would do.  These “I will” promises by the LORD dominate today’s Scripture.

There is a lesson beyond just what these promises provide.

Our focus should be on the promises of the LORD.

Our faith should be in the promises of the LORD.

We will do good works for the LORD.  But, we will do these good works out of faith in the promises of God.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.  “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.  “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.

Rather than focus and be glad about what we have done and what we intend to do, let us focus and be glad about what God has done and what He has promised to do.

“For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.”  Psalm 92:4.

“The Lord has done great things for us;
We are glad.”  Psalm 126:3.

“8 But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
9 I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.”  Psalm 52:8-9.

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