At the end of 1 Chronicles (and King David’s life), David draws Solomon, his son and future king, close to tell of the provisions he has made for the future Temple. Since God forbid David to construct it, he set out to obtain what was needed (for example he gathered about 285 tons of gold, 625 tons of silver, 675 tons of bronze, and 4000 tons of iron– I can’t even imagine where they would have stored all this haha). As David and the leaders of Israel collected the above riches, it says in 1 Chronicles 29.9: “Then the people rejoiced because [their leaders] had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.” It is after this overflow of giving we find the passage under investigation. David stands before all the people and shouts forth praise unto the LORD:

Blessed are You, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendour and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler over everything. In Your hand are power and might, and in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. Now therefore, we thank You, our God, and praise Your glorious Name.
1 Chronicles 29.10-13

Can you just imagine David’s excitement at the thought of the future Temple being built? Yet, bring this into a New Testament understanding. Paul declares that WE have become the Temple! If David was excited over an external building, how much more excited would he have been to have the indwelling God live and source his life?!?! Yet we meander along as if it were no big deal. Look at what David stated in light of Jesus living within our lives. He begins by saying “May You be praised (blessed) O LORD … from everlasting to everlasting.” What would it look like if our entire life was unto the praise and glory of Jesus – and not just for a mere moment but from everlasting to everlasting (in other words, all the time)? For He is the greatness and power and splendour and majesty! Is Jesus that in your life? Is He your entire greatness, power, producing His splendour and majesty in and through your life? Does EVERYTHING in your life belong to Him, under His reign and rule? Does the richness of your life come solely from Him? Is your life unreservedly about bringing Him honor? Is He your strength and foundation? And does your life sing forth thanksgiving and praise with boisterous declaration unto His Name?

David unabashedly proclaims this is what the God who indwells the Temple is like. And now we have become that Temple.

Do you not know that your body is a temple (sanctuary, dwelling place) of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were brought with a price. So glorify God in your body (His temple).
1 Corinthians 6.19-20

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