The Joy of Giving – Rejoycing

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The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly. – 1 Chronicles 29:9
This chapter of Chronicles records the pledge drive and fund-raising efforts for the building of the temple of Solomon to the Lord. King David provided all the resources from the public treasuring of the building. He also pledged incredible wealth from his personal treasures to the Temple. His model of generosity inspired families, leaders, commanders and officials of the people of Israel to ‘give willingly’ of all they had to the Temple fund. The people rejoiced at the demonstration of giving to the Lord, recognizing that all gifts originated with God and, therefore, belong to God.
This chronicle of God’s people illustrates many important themes in Christian giving. First, the giving was deliberate, not by spontaneous accident. Secondly, the giving was done ‘willingly, freely and wholeheartedly’ and not out of half-interested obligation or guilt. Thirdly, the giving was done in praise to God with humble acknowledgement that all gifts are of God. The central theme in 1 Chronicles 29 is that the people rejoiced at the response of giving demonstrated by the leaders. This, in turn, caused David to rejoice. David’s example motivated the others to give because giving is infectious. Those who lead us must model giving and we, in turn, must provide the example to those we lead. This theme requires application in our churches and in our homes. If we, as leaders in our church, our home, and in the community, hope to praise God through giving, we must first step out by modelling giving, demonstrating our heart of thanks to the Lord.

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