That Which Costs Me Nothing
Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lordmy God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. - 2 Samuel 24:24
Notice, David was a man of great integrity; he kept to a strong principle when he gave to the LORD. He would not offer ‘that which cost him nothing’. Whatever David offered to the Lord was always given sacrificially. David accumulated great quantities of wealth: gold, silver, bronze, iron, marble, wood and all kinds of precious stones. But it was not to enrich himself––these precious materials were gathered to build the temple of the LORD. First Chronicles 29:3 reveals to us David’s heart:
Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver…
David’s affection for the Lord overflowed in worshipful giving. He set an example that influenced his leadership and the people. First Chronicles 29:6-9 describes how they all joined their king in giving to the work of the Lord. As they gave they received a blessing themselves––joy.
Then the leaders of the fathers’ houses, leaders of the tribes of Israel, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the officers over the king’s work, offered willingly… Then the people rejoice… because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the Lord…
Imagine what we could do for God’s kingdom if only we, as God’s people, gave to God what belongs to God. He promises to bless those who give.
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