1 Chronicles 28:4 He Liked Me

1 Chronicles 28:4 (KJV)
Howbeit the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever: for he hath chosen Judah to be the ruler; and of the house of Judah, the house of my father; and among the sons of my father he liked me to make me king over all Israel:

Years ago, I spoke with a preacher friend about a desire I had for a particular ministry. I was somewhat nervous about it, not confident that the Lord would open the door for the ministry.[1] This pastor friend of mine commented, “I am sure the Lord will allow you to have this ministry. He likes you.” Though I do not remember speaking out loud, I do distinctly remember thinking, “You mean, He doesn’t like you?”

It turns out this pastor may have been on to something. David confessed that God “liked” him to make him king over all Israel. The word means to have pleasure in or to desire. 

I understand that it comes from an ancient Hebrew hieroglyph of a broken potsherd – something crushed. Broken pieces of clay pots were often used to write messages, in other words, to express desires. Think of that. The thing God likes is something that is first broken, crushed, and considered perhaps good for nothing else. But when that crushed piece is chosen to place a message upon, it becomes of more excellent value than it would have been as a vessel. 

Many of those potsherd messages exist yet today – still testifying that the author “liked” them. 


[1] It turned out that He did not.

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1 Chronicles 26:27 Spoils of War

1 Chronicles 26:27 (KJV)
Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD.

Of the things we receive in this life I can think of three means by which they come.
There are those things gifted to us
They are more numerous than I think we imagine. The gifts parents provide are free from the moment of our birth, are costly, continual, and, for the most part, taken for granted. 

There are those things we earn
Through work and industry, a person receives wages and, by those wages, procures those things he possesses in his lifetime. 

There are those spoils of war
Most of us never enter into a physical battle and, if we did, the rules have changed since biblical times. In those days, the victor held a right to all that the vanquished had possessed. They were his spoils. He owned them through victory. Though we wish never to enter physical combat, we do have battles in life. We go through times of difficulty that mold us. When we win over those difficulties, they create in us: experience, faith, strength, skills, and other life lessons. 

These are properly to be dedicated to the house of the Lord. Who knows who might be helped by the lessons we have learned in the battles we have fought and won? 

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1 Chronicles 22:14 In All My Trouble

1 Chronicles 22:14 (KJV)
Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.

Whenever I see the word “trouble,” I think of affliction, problems, and hardships. There is no doubt that David experienced those.

  • He had enemies because of his faith
  • He had enemies because of his nationality
  • He had enemies because of his environment
  • He had enemies because of his position and
  • He had enemies because of his mistakes and sins

Those enemies, no doubt, had created trouble for him.

I was interested in some of the variations of the word that derive from the ancient Hebrew language. It tells me that the original form was an eye and a seed. It represented the watchful eye of a farmer, continually caring for his crop. See the man under heavy circumstances feeling like he cannot take his vision or his worries from his problems, lest they overwhelm him. Thus, he might have a furrow over his eyebrow, a look of concern.

Variations from that can be something such as care or interest
What farmer is not interested in his crop? He may not be worried as much as simply in love with what he does. 

Another variation has to do with fasting
A person, under affliction, might fast to seek the Lord’s help through his affliction.

I picture King David, who now knows the plan of God to use his son to build the Temple and to preserve someone from his seed (family) on the throne continually.

  • David has an eye fixed on the promise of God for His seed through the line of David.
  • David has a reason to fast and pray for the plan of God to be accomplished and
  • David has a heart filled with love and thanksgiving for that plan God has revealed to him.

In all this “trouble,” David prepared gold, and silver, and brass, and iron, and timber, and stone to have his part in the plan of God for the coming King – Jesus. 

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1 Chronicles 18:7 The Golden Shields of Faith

1 Chronicles 18:7 (KJV)
And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.

David won the shields of Gold
David took shields of gold away from the Syrians

Solomon made him shields of Gold[1]
Solomon made shields of gold for Israel, but,

Rehoboam lost the shields of Gold
Egypt took them all away from Rehoboam

Ephesians 6:16 tells us to take the shield of faith.[2] There is a faith that is won through spiritual battle. There is a faith that is made through the exercise of it.[3] There is a faith that is lost through ungodly counsel and spiritual presumption.

Too many today have a brazen shield of faith that is of no help against the fiery darts of the wicked. The world has taken from them what God gave their fathers in the faith. Rather than looking to the Lord and regaining that faith, they have substituted it with a form of godliness that has no power.

We don’t get what God gives from the world. We get what God gives from God, as we exercise faith in this world.


[1] 1 Kings 14:26 (KJV)
And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

[2] Ephesians 6:16 (KJV)
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

[3] Hebrews 5:14 (KJV)
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

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1 Chronicles 13:1 An Obvious Mistake

1 Chronicles 13:1 (KJV)
And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.

There is in my mind no doubt, but that David was the greatest of all leaders other than Jesus Christ. That said, he was not perfect. There is as much to learn from his mistakes as from his wisdom. One of the problems I see is that people too quickly ascribe wisdom to what was actually a mistake. 

The account of this chapter chronicles an obvious mistake. 

David tried to return the ark of God on a cart instead of by the priests. He failed to consult the Bible. God had directed that the ark be carried on the shoulders of the priests.

  • He did it with fanfare
  • He did it with emotion 
  • He did it with the best, a new cart
  • He did it with the counsel and support of the people

But he did it wrong. 

As a result:

  • Uzza died
  • David was displeased and
  • The ark did not come to Jerusalem 

With all that goes wrong in this chapter, I want to suggest it was not right to consult all the people He did. It was not the will of God’s people that David needed. What he needed was the Word of God on the subject. 

There are certainly times when getting expert opinion and majority support is helpful. However, those should never, at any time, supplant the plain teaching of God’s Word.

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1 Chronicles 12:17 We Are No Match

1 Chronicles 12:17 (KJV)
And David went out to meet them, and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably unto me to help me, mine heart shall be knit unto you: but if ye be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.

When these men approached, David did the manly thing and came out to meet them. At the time, he had no idea what their intentions were. Would they be friend or foe?

If a friend, he was more than willing to receive them
Though he had been hunted and chased – most likely by these very soldiers, he was quick to forgive and become friends with them. He held no grudges (though we know that David kept a record of men like Joab, who would eventually be dealt with.

If an enemy, David appealed to the Lord to help him
He knew he could not match them in combat. But he didn’t have to. He was a servant of God. He was confident that God would deal with them in a way that would bring honor to the Lord. 

We are no match for those who are opposed to the Lord and His work. We do not have to be. The God of our fathers will look thereon and rebuke their deeds as He sees fit. Forgive those who ask it of you. Receive those who want to be your friends. And trust the Lord with everyone else.

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1 Chronicles 12:17 We Are No Match

1 Chronicles 5:18 The Price is Vigilance

1 Chronicles 5:18 (KJV)
The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war.

Though the players are Reuben, Gad, and one-half of Manasseh, the war this passage involves is not that one that resulted in their possession of the land on the other side of the Jordan River. As with the Promised Land, this property would have to be maintained. Vigilance would be the price of keeping what they had won. And so, they had prepared men for the task. Men ready to go out to war.

The laws of thermodynamics tell us that the things of this earth decay with time. 

Those things are materials such as homes, vehicles, even the clothing on our backs. 
Somebody must maintain them. They must be repaired and sometimes replaced. We are in a battle with time for the sake of our things.

The same may be said of relationships. 
Things such as friendships, partnerships, even a marriage relationship must be maintained. If left to themselves, if not purposefully kept up and looked after, they fall into such a state they may be lost.

And so it is with our bodies. 
Time is the enemy of this mortal flesh. We can maintain it for a time, and we should. The fact is that, sooner or later, time will win this one. It becomes critical that a person realizes this and defeats the enemy of death through Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:54 (KJV)
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

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1 Chronicles 25:1 The Gift of Music

1 Chronicles 25:1 (KJV)
Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:

David separated some for the particular work of prophesy through music. I was interested that music would be considered a form of prophesy. 

This word means “word or song by inspiration.” The ancient Hebrew concept is, “inner fruit, something that comes from within us.” 

Of course, there are people who abuse this gift, offering their fruit to the gods of this world. Still, the gift, the ability to perform music well is soul-stirring. 

  • Those who have this gift should not take it lightly
  • Neither should those who are ministered to through it 

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1 Chronicles 21:27 David’s Own To Perform

1 Chronicles 21:27 (KJV)
And the LORD commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into the sheath thereof.

It was David’s own sin that caused the plague and it was up to David to stop the plague. I see:

David took personal responsibility 
He called upon God and confessed his own sin. He prayed for God to release the people from the plague and judge him instead. 

David obeyed God personally
The offering God commanded was David’s own to perform. He did not order the thing to be done. He did the thing himself. 

David paid the price personally 
His position afforded him many privileges. Ornan would have cheerfully given this offering of his own accord. David would not even accept a discount. This required the full price. 

And the LORD commanded the angel to put up his sword. 

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1 Chronicles 17:1 More Than A Friend

1 Chronicles 17:1 (KJV)
Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.

I notice that when David had this thought of building the house for God, the prophet Nathan was in David’s house with him. I realize that the king’s house would have been vastly different than our houses today, however, I can’t help but sense a closeness and familiarity between the men. Nathan was there, sitting with David in his house. I get the impression this was a common occurrence. I also note that, when God spoke to Nathan in his own home, he had no hesitations in returning to David’s house to deliver the message. 

The people of God need a close and unhindered fellowship with their preacher. They must be able to tell him what they are thinking, and he must be able to tell them what God’s answer is. 

I do see a problem here. Nathan was there to hear what was on David’s heart, but the relationship was close enough that Nathan replied with what was on his own heart. The preacher must be more than a friend exchanging ideas with us. 

  • He must be free to have quiet time with God
  • He must be free then to take the time to hear from God before responding and 
  • He must be free to give the response God gives him to deliver

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