David’s Legacy of Character

Though David wished to build the temple of God, it was revealed to him that it would be his son – not himself – who would be permitted to construct it.  For many, it would have been enough to hear this, and then simply move on to pursuing their own legacy.  But this is not enough for David, for we see:

So David gave orders to assemble the aliens living in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.  He provided a large amount of iron to make nails for the doors of the gateways and for the fittings, and more bronze than could be weighed. He also provided more cedar logs than could be counted, for the Sidonians and Tyrians had brought large numbers of them to David.

David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death.1 Chron 22:2-5

David makes preparations for something which he will not see in his own lifetime.  Rather, he expends a great deal of his wealth to assist his son in the future endeavor.  More importantly, it is a service to God, and David’s legacy is enhanced – by laying the groundwork for something which will not be completed until after his death.  How about us?  Do we have such a long-term, kingdom-serving mindset?


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