Insights on Today's Reading
In the next two chapters you will read of one incident brought about by different influences. In 2 Samuel it clearly states that God was behind the action, but in 1 Chronicles it is equally clear that Satan was the instigator. I'm going to comment on each chapter separately.
2 Samuel 24 - God was displeased but we're not told exactly why. However, something wasn't right and God needed to chastise His people. He moved David to number the people, but it might be a little clearer to suggest that God allowed David to do this because God would use this to bring about necessary correction in the people as well as in David. The specific sin here is that of pride and gloating over one's success. Even Joab was disturbed that the king was asking for this action to be completed. When God convicted David of his sin and offered to administer one of three judgments, David chose the judgment where God was personally involved. David knew God exhibited greater mercy than people. The chapter ends with God using the site of David's sacrifice as the place where the Temple would be built.
1 Chronicles 21 - In this chapter, Satan is behind David's numbering the people of Israel. Every godly leader needs to be warned against the sin of pride. David would have the people numbered and God would destroy thousands as a result. David would be humbled and he recognized his sin. God was merciful and forgave David, once again. This is a good reminder that believers can be given second chances to improve but they also will have too many chances to fail. A humble walk with God is one of the best ways to avoid this sin.
I Chronicles 22 - David wanted the temple to be a magnificent building for God. He assigned workers, thousands of them, to prepare themselves for the task. David also encouraged Solomon to understand the magnitude of what he was going to be doing. David also called on the leaders to support Solomon with their wholehearted enthusiasm. They were to keep in mind that they weren't just building a house for a family, they were building a House for God!
Psalm 30 - This Psalm shows David's overwhelming gratitude for the Lord's healing him and renewing His favor towards His servant. David had felt the pains of remorse but he was thrilled with the joy and dancing of restoration! The closing line was David's desire to thank God forever.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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