14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. 16 O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you. 18 O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. 19 Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.” – 1 Chronicles 29:14-19
Have you ever stopped and pondered why God is so gracious to you? Usually when we ask the “why” question it is in a time of distress that we feel is undeserved for some reason. Here David asks God “why” he has been so blessed and why the people of Israel have been so blessed. It is a completely different perspective and one that we could learn from, me especially. As another year comes to a quick end, David’s reminder about our lives is particularly pointed. Our days here are like a shadow, temporary and short-lived. We have an eternity to look forward to where the blessings and trials of this earth will be but a faint and distant memory as well. So in the short time that we have, may David’s prayer for his son become our prayer as well. God, grant us a whole heart for keeping your commandments in love as Jesus told us to do.