1 Chronicles – Chapter 18

1 Chronicles Chapter 18

Verse 2 – In 2 Samuel 8: 1, 2, its recorded that David killed two-thirds of the people of Moab. His ancestor Ruth was originally from the land of Moab.

Verse 3 – David fulfilled the promise God had given Abraham–that his descendants would eventually occupy the land all the way from the Euphrates River to the Brook of Egypt (Genesis 15:8).

Verses 5-8 – Even though he would never build God’s temple, David accumulated much of the materials for the building and for the utensils during his lifetime.

Verses 9-11 – Receiving gifts from King Tou, David dedicated them to God, realizing that all had come from God and was to be used for Him. A lot of people think, “Well, I worked hard for all I have, all by myself,” but give no thought or thanks to God. They forget it’s the Lord who gave the job, opportunity, and favor that enabled them to get it.

Verse 13 – The list of battles in this chapter shows how God gave David victory after victory. Unbelieving people think their victories or success comes from their own skills or luck. They need to ask themselves, “Who gave them the skills?”

Verse 17 – The Kerethiles and Pelethites were probably a group of foreign soldiers who had joined David during his flight from Saul. They remained loyal to David throughout his reign and became part of his bodyguard.

1 Chronicles – Chapter 17

1 Chronicles chapter 17

Verses 1, 2 – David was disturbed that he was living in a fine house, while the ark of the covenant sat in a tent. David inquired of the prophet Nathan about building God a house. Nathan knew David’s motives were pure in this, so he agreed.

Verses 3-14 – Then the Lord spoke to Nathan that night. The Lord starts by telling Nathan to tell David His servant, that He was the one who took David from tending the flock and subdued all his enemies. God Almighty was the one who made David king over all Israel. Then God tells him that his son will build his temple. The promise to David about the temple had two parts. The first part of the promise was based on faithful obedience of David’s descendants. The second part would come true regardless of the way his descendants acted.

Verses 16-20 – These verses shows David’s heart after finding out he was not to build God’s house. David responded with deep humility, not resentment. Sometimes people have no idea what all God has done on their behalf. David realized God was the true king and he knew the promise of establishing his kingdom was irrevocable.

1 Chronicles – Chapter 16

1 Chronicles chapter 16

Verse 1 – This tent was a special place for the ark where priests could offer sacrifices.

Verses 4-6 – The site of the ark was not the main place of worship, which continued to be the tabernacle in Gibeon. Certain Levites were appointed to give continual praise and thanks to God. Praise and thanksgiving should be a regular part of our lives, not reserved only for special occasions. If we praise God continually, we won’t take His blessings for granted.

Verses 7-36 – There are four elements in this song (psalm) of true thanksgiving: (1) remember what God has done (2) tell others of God’s goodness (3) show God’s glory to others by worshiping the One True God and (4) being truly thankful of your life will cause us to be good to others.

Verses 14-22 – This first segment of David’s psalm is a reminder of God’s covenant with Abraham and how God had kept the covenant by bringing His people into the promised land.

Verses 23, 24 – It was the Israelites responsibility to tell other nations about God’s works and people.

Verse  25-27 – This second segment describes the difference between the True God and things that people make idols out of. David plainly states that idols have no power.

Verses 28-30 – Ascribe to–giving credit and acknowledging.

Verses 30-33 – In this segment the created order gives testimony to the Creator’s glory.

Verses 34-36 – This fourth exhortation to praise God tells of our need to rely on the Lord for salvation.

Verse 39 – David brought the ark to Jerusalem although the tabernacle was in Gibeon. The temple, however, was not built until Solomon’s time. In the meantime, Israel had two worship centers and two high priests (15:11).