It was a very important day. The old king had called a special meeting of all his royal officials, palace staff and diplomats. All the country’s VIPs were there. Speculation was probably rampant about whether the king himself would be well enough to address the delegates or if it would have to be a message delivered by an official on the king’s behalf.

King David was strong enough that important day to actually stand on his feet to address the delegates himself. The subject at hand was near and dear to the king’s heart. Despite some highly publicized failures, King David had done many great exploits for the Lord over the years. He had an impressive list of credits and accomplishments during his reign.

But one thing the King really wanted to do before he died was to build a unique house for the Lord where His Name would be honoured. However, he announced to the delegates it was not God’s will that he should build such a house. The House for the Lord would be built by his son, Solomon.

Some of us might have said: “Well, if I am not going to get the distinction of having built a special house for the Lord, I certainly won’t lift a finger to prepare for it either.” That wasn’t David’s heart. He did everything he could to prepare the way for its construction. He collected and stockpiled all the building materials required for the project, as well as precious metals such as silver and gold.

While all the officials and delegates were assembled in the King’s presence that particular day, the old King saw fit to dispense some Godly advice to the nation and to his son Solomon who would succeed him. He said:

Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you forever. 1Chronicles 28:8

Keep and seek. Keep on observing all the commandments of the Lord you presently know exist; and, while you are keeping them, seek other ways where you can obey and honour and surrender to the Lord. Am I overlooking something in my Christian experience? Something the Lord expects of me, but I’ve not yet obeyed?

Keep what you already know and seek for what you don’t yet know. Pay close attention to everything God wants you to do if you want to prosper and thrive as a nation. That was the King’s parting advice to his nation.

In New Testament language – if I want to prosper and thrive, then I must keep and seek for all of God’s instructions for my life as a believer. When I read my Bible, my heart should be pulsating with a desire to not only keep and cling to what I have already discovered in the Scriptures, but a daily seeking of other things God wants me to learn and obey from His Word.

“Lord, give me the strength to keep all the truths I have already discovered in Your Word; but please show me other things in Your Word to which I can submit and honour in my life. I am thirsting to find additional truths in the Scriptures to which I can humbly bow and obey and welcome into my life for Your sake.”

Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.

Warmly in Christ
Peter Ramsay

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