1 Chronicles 29:20 Give God Praise

Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the Lord your God.” So they all praised the Lord, the God of their fathers; they bowed down, prostrating themselves before the Lord and the king. 1 Chronicles 29:20

Giving praise to someone is lifting someone up. Teachers. at all levels, are always encouraged to give students praise for the work that they do to encourage them to keep doing the work. People all over the world will praise different singers, actors or others that have done something great. Those who receive the praise are encouraged to keep doing what they were praised for.

After the people had brought in money for building the temple, David told the people to give God praise and so they did.

People are quick to give praise to others who have done something but are slow to give God praise who has done much more. God is often ignored in life as the One who does great things or is blamed for the bad things occurring. Most people think that they did it themselves, on their own or with the help of other people.

Any person who is a believer in God should recognize what God has done and is doing. It is God who is in total control. He is the One who created everything and made everything possible. Without God, no one is able to do anything at all.

The believer who stops for a moment and realizes what God has done in his life will be quick to give Him praise. He will want to tell others what God has done and is still doing. He will know that no matter how bad things look, in the end God will win the battle and bring about a great victory, thus giving reason to give Him more praise.

Think about all the things that God has done in your life. From providing the air to breath to miracles of healing and everything in between God has done it all and deserves your praise.

Without God you can do nothing. Without God you have no hope. Without God you have no future. Without God you have no salvation. Without God you can have no real peace or joy. Take time to give God praise for all these things and more.

Praise God in your private home and in the public places to let the world know who God is and what He has done.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God has done in your life; that you will give God praise for who He is and what He has done and is doing; and that you will not be ashamed to give God public praise.

1 Chronicles 28:9 Seek And Serve, Don’t Forsake

And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9

People are known for doing something half-heartedly. They go through the motions of accomplishing something, but not with their best abilities. Many are not fully devoted to completing something regardless of the difficulties or challenges. Often, they will quit when the going gets tough.

David told Solomon to acknowledge and serve God with all of his heart and devotion. He said that God searches the heart and understands the thoughts. Solomon was to seek God to find him and not forsake Him or else he would be rejected forever.

Very few people are wholeheartedly dedicated to something no matter how difficult the challenge may be. People will do something as long as it is easy and beneficial to them in the immediate moment. As soon as difficulties arise, people will back down and do something different.

Believers are hated by the world who will strive to get them to back down and forsake God and His commands. Compromise is pushed by the world and many believers fall for the deception and forsake God and His commands to take the easy path.

The moment a person chooses to become a believer and follower in Jesus, he must be willing to acknowledge God and begin to serve Him with all of his heart. Doing this is not something that is done only on Sundays or when things are going well, but at all times, through every circumstance good or bad.

One can trust God with his whole life and God will never leave or forsake him.

Examine your life and see if you are serving God with your whole heart. Do not allow yourself to be deceived by the destructive ways of this world and forsake God’s ways.

God knows and understands all of your thoughts and reasons why you do or do not do anything. He cannot be deceived when you forsake Him, while claiming to follow Him.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in His ways and to give you strength to turn from the evil ways of this world. Be fully devoted to God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will serve God with all of your heart and life; that you will never forsake God or His ways; that you will acknowledge God in all that you do; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.

1 Chronicles 22:1 A Place For God To Stay

Then David said, “The house of the Lord God is to be here, and also the altar of burnt offering for Israel.” 1 Chronicles 22:1

Having a place to stay is important for every person. Most people have to search for a good place to live and then rent it. Some will get the opportunity to purchase the place, while a few will have the opportunity to build a new place.

To build a new place takes a lot of planning and decision making. One has to decide where to build it and how to have it built.

David wanted to have a temple built for God to dwell in and have the burnt offerings offered in. He chose the house of God to be built.

The world is always seeking a place to live, but very rarely is seeking a place for other people to live, unless it is for a profit. The dwelling places of people are always temporary and come with a lot of challenges.

One thing the world does not seek is where God can dwell and a place where offerings can be offered up to Him.

While it is important for believers to have a place to physically live, it is more important to make a place for God to live. Every believer is to be the temple of God and a living sacrifice. Their lives are to be a place where God can live and they offer their whole lives up to be a sacrifice unto God for what Jesus has done for them.

Jesus provided forgiveness and cleansing from sin for every believer, giving them the opportunity to be the temple of God. Now the believer can live the holy life Jesus provided and make his life a place for God to dwell in for the whole world to see.

Although you may go to some church, the place where God really dwells is inside you, if you are a believer in Jesus. Live your life for God in such a way that God is pleased to make your heart a place to dwell. Offer your whole life up to God as a living and pleasing sacrifice to God.

Do not allow your life to be filled with the world and sin that will evict God from your life. Be the purified and holy temple of God that Jesus died on the cross for you to be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be the holy temple of God to dwell in; that you will live a holy life that Jesus has provided for you; that your life will be a sacrifice of love to God; and that the world will see that God dwells in you.

1 Chronicles 21:8 Admitting Wrongs Done

Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” 1 Chronicles 21:8

Very few people like to admit that they are wrong. Usually, most people find an excuse as to why they did what they did, blaming it upon someone else or some other circumstance. It is often hoped that the wrong done will just get swept under the rug for forgotten about or ignored. Admitting that one is wrong is often a sign of weakness in the eyes of the world.

David had taken a census of all the people in Israel, something God had forbidden to do. He admits to God that he had sinned greatly and asks for God to remove his guilt.

The world does not see anything wrong with sin, it is just living life on this earth. All that matters is whether it harms someone or not and whether one is happy or not.

Believers, however, are to live by God’s holy standards at all times. Doing anything against God is a sin. Sadly, many believers look at many sins as small and insignificant. Then they try to excuse the sin away by blaming others as to why they did what they did.

Every sin against God is deserving of death and is extremely a foolish thing to do. It is not something small, but a great thing to sin against God. Regardless of anything a person does, there is no greater wrong than sinning against God.

Any believer who knows God will be willing to seek His forgiveness. One will know that God is loving and merciful and ready to forgive when sin is admitted. Jesus was sent to remove sin, not condemn people.

You will have times in which you will do something foolish and sin against God. Do not allow yourself to shift blame to someone else but own up to what you did. Do not try to cover up your sin, hoping it will just go away.

Every sin you do is very foolish and is deserving of death, but God is ready to forgive you.

As soon as you realize you have sinned against God, go to Him and admit what you did wrong. Turn from the sinful way. Then accept His forgiveness and mercy upon your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will hear the Holy Spirit point out when you have sinned against God; that you will seek God’s mercy and forgiveness; that you will see how foolish it is to sin against God; and that you will live a holy life before God that Jesus has provided for you.

1 Chronicles 19:13 Fight Bravely For Others

Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight. 1 Chronicles 19:13

Battles are occurring on a regular basis no matter where one is living. Most of these battles are not physical war battles, but ones that are of the emotional, social, mental and spiritual forms. It is very common for most people in one of these types of battles to feel as if they are completely alone and on their own with no help to win the battle.

David was bringing his army in to fight against the Arameans. As they were getting ready for battle David told them to be strong and fight bravely for their people and cities and allow God to do what is good.

Every emotional, social and mental battle that people are going through has a foundation in sin. When God placed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, there were none of these battles, everything was perfect. Immediately upon sin entering the world, every one of these battles and more crept in fighting against the people of God.

The only way that these battles can be truly won is by following God’s way of living and leaning on the Holy Spirit for strength.

This is where believers come in to fight a battle for the people. Every believer has the truth of Jesus to be shared with the lost world being overrun by the enemy–sin.

Believers must be strong in their faith and fight bravely, bringing the gospel message of salvation with much prayer to those who are being defeated in the battle for their souls. They need to take back the lost people, cities and nations for God.

There is a battle going on for your soul and the souls of those around you. This battle can only be won if you are strong in the Lord Jesus Christ and fight bravely the good fight. Do not allow yourself to be afraid and back down from the battle.

God is ready and willing to lead you in how to defeat the enemy of the souls of men. He will give you the strength to overcome the attacks of the enemy so that you may lead others to Christ Jesus. Put on the armor of God and go out to battle for yourself, those you love and all those around you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will open your eyes to the attacks of the enemy upon lives around you; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit on how to defeat the enemy; and that God will draw many to a saving knowledge of Jesus through your work.