Text: 1 Chronicles 29:20- 30
The old order of king David’s rule gives way to the new order of Solomon’ rule. It is a joyful thing to witness such smooth transitions. God’s promises to David on building him an everlasting dynasty is becoming a reality. We can only imagine David’s joy as he peacefully transfers the reign of leadership to his son.
It is important to note all of David’s steps towards this transition. David gives a clear mandate to his successor. He first prepares his son by intimating him with the policy at hand which is the building of the temple. He then makes necessary preparations and charges his son to align himself to God for a successful tenure in office.
Presently a worship service is celebrated to commemorate this event. A thousand bulls, a thousand rams and a thousand male lambs are completely burnt as offering to God. Think of the grandness of this Sacrifice. And Solomon sits on the throne of The lord in place of his father David (vs 23). Note that he sat on the throne of The lord.
So? This shows that the throne actually belongs to God not any man. God is the one who appoints people to sit on the throne of leadership on his behalf. Why then do people clamour for the throne and crave for it to the point of killing their fellows in order to occupy it? Why do those who sit on it behave as if it belongs to them?
So what? David son of Jesse rules over Israel for forty years. He died at a good old age having enjoyed life wealth and honour. His own son succeeds him as king (vs 26-28). The old order gradually gives way to the new. This is the kind of summary we all desire at the end of our lives. But having studied David’s life we know that a lot went into these forty years. In all, David comes out victorious because he trusts in the lord.
Beloved, what kind of summary do you anticipate at the end of your earthly existence. Remember, in the midst of life we are surrendered by death. Always ensure that your summary will attest to you as a gallant soldier of the cross anytime death comes calling. For death is imminent and inevitable.