1 Chronicles 28, Choose The God Who Chose You

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Jerry Simmons shared this Verse By Verse Bible study from 1 Chronicles on Sunday, January 16, 2022 using the New King James Version (NKJV).

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Amen, well as we look at first chronicles Chapter 28 this morning, I've titled The Message choose the God who chose you.

I want to encourage you this morning to choose the God who chose you.

The last verse of the passage we read here in verse 10, it says consider now for the Lord has.

And you, and as we look at this passage this morning, of course we're looking at the actual events that happened, David calling together the leaders of Israel and and addressing them in identifying his son in the midst of them as one of the leaders and commissioning them with certain things that God has.

Called them two and instructed David to.

Speak to them.

And so we're looking at this group of people.

We're looking at Solomon who has been chosen by the Lord to be the next king after David.

And yet, at the same time, I would encourage you to consider your own self as you work through this passage with us this morning.

Consider now for the Lord has chosen you.

Yeah, that's you you, you, you, you, you, you, the Lord has chosen you.

Not just somebody else, or the idea that God chooses people, but God has chosen.

And as you consider that this morning, my prayer is that you would then be encouraged to choose the God who chose you.

He chose you first.

He chose you in advance and it's a great opportunity for us to then respond and choose the God who has chosen us as you.

Walk through this passage you can see a chain of chosen's as David outlines this history that Solomon has.

And verse 4 David.

Says the Lord God of Israel chose me.

Above all, the House of my father to be king over Israel forever, and it calls back to mind that time when David was chosen where Samuel showed up to the House of Jesse and said one of your sons is going to be king and the sons were brought before Samuel, brought before Samuel brought before Samuel.

Got to the end of the line and none of them were the ones that God had chosen.

And Samuel said, well, isn't there?

Is there another son somewhere and Jesse says Oh yeah, yeah, there's David, he's out in the field.

Pretty insignificant.

Didn't even bother bringing him in because, you know, of course he's not going to be king.

But Sammy said bring him in and as soon as David came in.

The Lord said.

That's the one that I have chosen.

And so David here is saying there was all the brothers in my father's house, but.

Out of all of.

Them God chose me to be king.

He goes on to say in verse four he has chosen Judah to be the ruler.

Of all the tribes of Israel, 13 tribes of the Nation of Israel.

God chose Judah.

To be the tribe that brings forth the king.

That's why the Messiah later on Jesus would have to be of the tribe of Judah, the lion of the tribe of Judah, because that was the tribe that God had chosen to be the the tribe that would bring forth the king, and so the King of Israel would always come from the line of Judah.

And so you have the tribe of.

Judah from within the tribe you have the family of Jesse.

From there you have David chosen from the family and then verse five and of all my sons.

David says for the Lord has given me many sons.

He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne.

Solomon wasn't the first born son, the natural choice.

He wasn't the only son to be the only choice, David says of all my sons.

I've got a lot of boys.

And yet God chose Solomon to sit on the throne.

In verse six, he says, I've chosen him that Solomon to be my son, and I will be his father.

And what David is doing here is he's outlining the lineages of God choices that Solomon has.

Solomon is of the tribe of Judah that God chose to have the the King of Israel. Solomon is of the line of David, who is the one that God chose of the family of Jesse to be king and and then of all of David's sons. God has chosen Solomon.

To be king.

To be a child of the father and to build the House of God.

And so David here is focusing Solomon, and he's focusing the the leaders of Israel on the choices that God has made.

And again verse 10, he says.

Consider now for the Lord has chosen.

You think about the choice that God has made, and as Solomon could have this lineages of choices that have been made, you and I can look back and reflect as well and consider the reality that God has chosen us and I would encourage you to think about that and meditate on that that.

You are chosen by God.

You are specifically chosen.

You know, sometimes we can think about this in this way, that it's like, you know, I'm one card in a deck of cards and God chose the deck of cards.

You know he didn't really need that one joker, that's in there.

That's me, right?

Like that's the one he just kind of.

It just comes with the pack.

You don't really need it, right?

We can think about it that way, but that's the wrong way to think about it.

Although, yes, Christ died for the sins of all humanity, that does not take away from the reality that God saw you knew you and chose you, and I think this is clearly demonstrated in Paul's words to the Corinthians and 1st Corinthians, chapter 12, verse 18.

It says, but God has set the members.

Each one of them in the body, just as he pleased.

And so if you need to think about this a little bit, I would encourage you to do so that.

As Paul talks about every believer being a member of the body of Christ.

And that every member has been placed by God set by God, just as he pleased that you as a believer in Jesus have this increase.

Double roll this incredible opportunity.

This incredible reality that you're not just, well, God saved all the people and you were just in the mix.

But God has chosen you.

Too, and given you specific place in his Kingdom in a way that pleased him and away.

That causes him to have joy to smile, to take joy in who you are and your place in his plans, and in his purposes.

You're not just one of a bunch that you know comes with.

We have to have you know 12 to make a dozen.

So just throw in the extra donut to make it a dozen.

No God selected each donut individually.

And yes, I'm calling you a donut.

He selected each of us individually.

And yes, collectively we make up all those that Christ died for.

We are the the dozen.

But but that doesn't take away from the reality that God chose you.

He said, that's going.

To bring pleasure to.

Me this person with this personality, with these characteristics, with these giftings of the Holy Spirit, is going.

To bring me joy.

And to do something good and worthwhile and lasting in my purposes and in my plans, you specifically are chosen of God.

Consider now for the Lord has chosen you.

He wanted you.

He wasn't just stuck with you and you came along with the rest and he had no choice.

He he wanted you.

He loves you.

He sees great potential in you.

Nobody forced God to choose you.

You didn't sneak in on a technicality, and he's like, ah man, I wish I could have worded the gospel in a different way so that Josh wouldn't have been part of it.

But you know he got in.

He found the loophole and he got in.

And so I'm stuck with him now.

No, God went out of his way.

To make sure that you.

Were part of the body of Christ that you were part of the Kingdom of God.

He chose you.

So what will you do with that and how will you respond to this reality?

Well, I would encourage you to choose the God who chose.

You and what does that look like? Well, I think we can get some insights on that from David's words here to the leaders of Israel into Solomon. And we're going to zero in on verses 8-9 and 10 for four points this morning to how to choose the God who has chosen us. Here's point, number one. Choose to discover all God commands.

Choose to discover all God's commands. Here's what it looks like to choose the God who chose you and that is to search out, to find, to uncover and discover.

The commands that God has given check out verse eight.

It says now.

Therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the Assembly of the Lord and in the hearing of our God, be careful to seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God.

That you may possess this good land and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you.

As David walks through all the choices that God has made, he then moves onto OK.

Now here's what we do as a result.

God, having made all of those choices now, here is our chance to make a choice.

And God is not making choices and then forcing them upon us.

He is making choices and giving us opportunity to choose to respond to what he has done and what he has chosen.

And so David here encourages the people.

He encourages you and I this morning to make a choice.

In response to God's choosing of us to make a choice.

To seek out.

All the commandments of the Lord your God.

He says be careful.

Take heed to and pay attention.

Make sure that you seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God.

The word seek is a word that speaks of examining or inquiring.

It's a.

It's a searching for.

And so it gives us the understanding.

Then we're talking about not just the commands that are lying on the surface.

Of course we know there are a lot of commands that just lie on the surface right that you can just pick up a Bible, hit the 10 Commandments you can pick those obvious commandments from the Gospels and the the teachings of Jesus.

And of course, those are commands that we.

Are to implement in our lives and that is a response to the choosing that God has done towards us and he has chosen us.

And so we are to obey him.

But what I think is interesting about this exhortation.

From David is that there is this need here to not just.

Settle with the commandments that are obvious.

But to seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God, that that there is to be some more depth in our understanding of the commandments of God, that we're to go beyond just the obvious 10.

Or the obvious 2 right.

Jesus talked about the greatest commandments, love God and love your neighbor.

And of course, those are the most important commandments, and so we are to not neglect those.

But at the same time, there's more that God wants to commend you specifically than just those two things.

Those two things sum up all of the commandments and all the commandments are going to fit into those two categories, but but there's a lot of detail.

There's a lot of specifics that God wants to instruct you in.

That is not going to be just on the surface and obvious.

But instead you're going to have to mine for gold.

Right when you mine for gold.

Hey, you're really fortunate if you can just walk across the ground and there is the gold just lying there.

But that gold gets collected pretty quickly, and then you've got to start digging and you got to start searching out.

You got to start seeking out the rest.

That is there of that treasure for you in a similar way.

Be careful to seek out.

All the commandments of the Lord.

Your God go exploring.

Go discover what it is that God wants to instruct you in.

Pastor Charles Spurgeon puts it this way.

There are precepts, the nature of which we have never understood the obligation of which we have never felt.

Seek these out.

We must try to know all God's will concerning us.

Keep what we know.

But wherein we are at fault through lack of knowledge, not to content ourselves with ignorance any longer.

But to search out the matter.

There are some things that you are ignorant in concerning God's will for you.

There are some things that you just have no idea what God wants and you have no idea what God's instruction is for you in that there are some things that.

You just don't know.

But that God still.

Has instruction for you and commands for you in that regard.

And you will never know what that instruction is.

Without putting in some effort without making the choice.

To seek out to search out.

There's some obligations Spurgeon says that you've never felt you've never felt obligated in that regard in this area in this thing and.

Perhaps you consider that and you go.

Well, that's a relief I could use with less obligations, right?

But there's obligations that you have never felt, but that you are meant to feel.

That you ought to be feeling that you ought to be recognizing that this is something that God wants for you.

Don't be content with ignorance, but search out and figure out. Find out what is God's will for you. What is his commands towards you? What is it that he wants?

To call you too.

Now some, I'm sure you would.

Think, well, you know.

The less I know.

The less I'm accountable for.

So maybe it's to my advantage to kind of be ignorant on purpose, because if I don't know that God's calling me to that, I don't if I don't know, that's a command to me, well, then I'm not accountable for it, so maybe it's better if I don't go digging. If I just stick with the obvious ones, 'cause I can't get around those.

But maybe it's better if I don't try to find new commands and new instruction from God.

I I would suggest to you that's a misunderstanding of the way that God is working in your life.

God doesn't just hold you accountable for what you know.

Think this through with me.

OK, think this sure would be.

God does not just hold you accountable.

For what you know.

Do you believe that?

Do you agree with that?

Is that settled into your mind?

Yet God does not just hold you accountable for what you know he holds you accountable for your opportunity to know?

He doesn't just hold you accountable for what you know.

He holds you accountable for your opportunity to know if you had an opportunity to know what God has planned for you and his will for you.

And you neglect that opportunity.

God holds you accountable for that.

And there's not the opportunity for us to excuse ourselves and say, well, you know, I never read my Bible 'cause I didn't want to know.

And so, boy, am I thankful I.

Didn't spend time seeking out the instruction of God 'cause.

Now I don't have all of those commands to follow.

God says no no.

I gave you the scriptures.

I gave you opportunity to hear from me.

I gave you church service after church service and Bible study after Bible study to hear from me and to receive from me my instruction and my command.

I gave you 15 minutes every day to have a devotional life and to connect with me and hear from me.

I gave you those opportunities you're accountable for those.

Opportunities, not just the things you've actually read and understood.

You're accountable for knowing God's will for your life and hearing God's voice.

And all the opportunities that God has given to.

You in that.

You can think about Luke Chapter 16, the account there that Jesus tells of the rich man and a poor man named Lazarus.

And they go through life. They both die. They enter into eternity. The rich man is in torment. The poor man Lazarus is in Abraham's bosom and.

The rich man says calls out to Abraham.

Please have him send me some water.

He can't do that.

Well then, can you at least send Lazarus back to my family?

So that they.

Are warned of this place and that they don't come here to this place of torment.

And Abraham said, hey, they have the scriptures.

They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.

And the rich man said, no, no, no, they won't.

They won't listen to that.

But if someone would rise from the dead.

And Abraham responds in this account that Jesus tells if they don't hear Moses and the prophets, they won't be persuaded that one rises from the dead.

The idea here is that these brothers of this rich man were accountable.

Because they had the scriptures, they had everything that they needed to hear the instruction of God to hear the commands of God to receive from God.

And they would be held accountable for that opportunity, even if they never cracked open the scriptures and spent time in them, even if they never searched out the instruction of God and the things of God, they had the opportunity to.

And that's what God would hold them accountable to.

And so David here encourages us.

Be careful, he says, to seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God.

Because you're going to be accountable for all the commandments of the Lord your God.

And God will call you to give accounts for why you did or did not walk in all the commandments.

So be careful, pay attention and work hard to.

Seek out to.

Discover all the commandments of the Lord your God.

This wording here, that being careful to seek out all the commandments.

It it conjures up images in my head of.

Super Mario brothers

Trying to collect every single coin in the level.

You ever done that?

Try to get all like you're searching out and there's hidden ones and you got to jump on a you know a brick that you can't even see and and then jump up this way and go over and then oh and then there's you know, the the extra coins there.

There's the extra things there.

Or maybe you're thinking about Sonic and all the rings and you got to get all the rings in the level and you're you're trying and you play the level over and over and over and over and over again to try to figure out the techniques to to get all of them.

Or maybe that's way too old school for you and you're thinking more about Angry Birds.

And you're like I'm playing this level over and over again till I get three stars because I got it.

I got to get all three stars on all the right.

And and what we do is we.

Go over and over.

We repeat and we repeat, and we repeat to try to get all.

The coins all of the rings, all of the stars.

It takes being careful to do that.

It takes a seeking out.

To do that?

And David is saying.

That's the kind of approach to have to the commandments of the Lord your God.

That you don't just get through the level and be satisfied you don't just, you know, hit the flag at the end and.

You're like all right.

Got 40% of the coins. 40% of the commands. It's pretty good. Not too bad. Let's move on.

To the next level.

No go go back.

What other commands are there that God has for you that you're oblivious to that you have paid no attention to that you are are not aware of?

There's there's some more instruction that God has for you there.

Casual doesn't produce excellence.

A casual approach to any of these games doesn't produce excellence in the games, right?

A casual approach to.

The Commandments of God is not going to produce.

And excellence in regards to the commands of God.

You need to be careful.

You need to make a choice.

To discover

God, what are you saying to me think about Paul's words to the Romans in Romans chapter 12, verse 2.

He said do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Paul says, look, there's a danger for you if you allow your mind to be caught up with the things of this world, and if your mindset is the same as the mindset of the world around you.

Then you are going to miss out on the perfect will of God, and you're not going to be able to discern the perfect will of God.

You're not going to understand the commandments of God.

You need to be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

So that you can prove.

What is good that you can prove what God is commanding, that you can prove and understand and discern the will of God for your life?

And you might need to separate yourself.

You might need to make some alternate choices.

Go back and play that level again, and and do things differently so that you can figure out how to capture all the commands that God has for you.

The perfect will of God that he has set before you.

To discover all God's commands.

David encourages them that you may possess this good land.

There's great blessings that God has given to us here in Israel, he says.

Choose to discover all of God's commands.

That we can continue to enjoy these blessings that we can explore the boundaries and experience the fullness of this land that God has.

Given to us.

But then also that you can leave it as an inheritance to your children after you forever.

He's saying look this, this discovery of God commands directly impacts.

Your possession of God's blessings.

And your impact upon the next generation.

Consider now.

For the Lord has chosen you.

He selected you.

He picked you.

He said it's gonna bring me great joy and pleasure to have this person with this makeup and this personality and these kinds of giftings in this place in the Kingdom of God.

How will you respond? Choose.

To discover all of God commands.

That you can.

Fully realize the potential that God sees in you.

Well, moving on to verse nine we get point #2 this morning and that is choose to know God personally.

Choose to know God personally.

Check out verse nine it says.

As for you, my son Solomon know the God.

Of your father.

And serve him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind for the Lord.

Searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts.

If you seek him.

He will be found by you.

But if you forsake him.

He will cast you off.

Solomon is addressing the leaders of the nation in verse 8, but he narrows it down to Solomon in verse nine and highlights these things specifically for Solomon.

As for you, my son Solomon know the God.

Of your father.

No God Solomon know him.

Understand him.

Have real relationship within this word.

No, it's.

A word, of course that is common throughout the scriptures.

One of the primary uses of the word or the primary meanings of the word is to know something by experience.

To not just know things in theory to not just understand the logical framework of things.

But to have an experiential knowledge.

I don't know about you, but when I'm learning something new.

Whether it be a new technique in writing code or programming, or trying to put together a.

Or a kitchen sink?

Or something of that regard.

I I do a lot of.

Gaining of knowledge before I get to work, I'm reading over the instructions.

I'm looking at the diagrams and working my heart, working my best, working my heart, working hard, doing my best to understand the concepts, understand what it is that needs to be done.

And I'm always a little bit frustrated because I can never fully understand it until I actually start to do the work of whatever it is I'm trying to learn how to do.

I just I can read the instructions.

And grasp them.

I understand English.

I can read decently.

I get the words but but I can't really understand it.

Until I actually start.

To experience it.

And then all of a sudden, those instructions that I was reading that I couldn't really understand or know if I understood them all of a sudden, those instructions begin to make sense.

Oh, that's what they were talking about.

For a while we were doing one of those services where we would have the the food delivered with a recipe, right and so many times it was my turn to do the recipe and it's stuff I've never cooked before and never worked with before.

And I'm like they say the vegetables this color, but it's a different color and I'm like looking and trying to figure it out and.

Then there's a little note.

It says vegetables maybe different than what's shown in the picture.

I was like, oh, now you tell me.

OK so OK I got this vegetable now.

One of my supposed cut it.

How do you cut it that way?

And and it's not until I'm like, oh, that's hot.

That's what you're talking.

That's what that means.

I didn't understand that.

And then there's some of the parts of the instruction, like.

I don't know what that means, but you know it's a couple steps down, so I guess I just gotta keep going and then hopefully when I get there I'll understand it, right?

And and so I'm working towards but, but it's when I.

Start to experience.

It oh you pour the sauce in over that with that tone.

Then it does.

Oh OK, that's what deglazing is.

Oh, that makes sense.

Well, like I, I didn't know what that meant before.

You know it is something foreign to me, but.

There was the instructions, the information.

That I could read and understand, but I didn't really understand.

I didn't really know.

Until I started to actually do it myself.

David says to Solomon, know the God.

Of your father.

At this point, Solomon must know a.

Lot about God.

He has David as his father, right a prophet.

The writer of so many psalms that are full of incredible doctrine, right?

He he'd heard so much about God.

And he knows that God has chosen him.

He knows a lot about God, but how much has he himself personally experienced of God and David here is calling him?

Don't just know about God.

But you yourself know God by experience.

Commentator Kevin Zuber says Solomon was to know God.

That is, to have both the theological depth of understanding and a personal relationship with him.

It's both that are needed now.

There are some people who don't need the recipe instructions and can just get to work and understand.

Intuitively, they this is what deglazing is, and here's what you need to do, and here's how you do it and here's.

Why you do it?

And they just do it.

Because they already know it experientially, even if they don't have the recipe.

But what David is saying here to Solomon is that you need both.

You need to know God.

You need to understand theology.

You need to have a doctrinal foundation.

But but you also need to know God.

Relationally and you need to have some experience with God personally, that that we need both kinds of knowledge of God.

You know, some people make the comparison of book smarts versus street smarts.

I'll give you 3 guesses which one I have.

Zero none.

I don't know maybe.

There's a difference, right?

We we can kind of understand that.

What if Noah was an expert in music theory but never touched a musical instrument?

He wouldn't be a great worship leader.

But he could teach us all.

About music theory, right?

Or inversely, what if Noah spent all his time playing instruments?

But he had no concept of what a chord was.

If he had no instruction or no understanding of.

The theory.

He wouldn't be a great worship leader.

But you combine.

Instruction and experience.

And now you get something meaningful and valuable and useful.

What if you?

Knew every game strategy but never played or coached.

That's not really a foreign thing to us, right?

I mean, the majority of people watching sports on TV, you might say are fit that category and they can call the you know plays better than the coaches, at least in their heads.

They know how to defeat you, know the opposing team and they know exactly what they should have done.

Differently, right?

And it's easy.

To play the Monday morning quarterback.

While never actually engaging in the game.

In any capacity.

Listen, I'm sharing that to say that sometimes we have that same approach to the things of God.

And we can talk about God.

We know about God.

We can quote scriptures about God.

But we sometimes leave it there.

And don't actually play the game.

We don't actually experience God.

We don't actually engage with God.

We don't actually put into effect the things that we know about God and base our lives on and risk everything to trust in God based on who he is and what he has said.

David says to Solomon.

Know the God of your father.

You need to know him.

You need to have a real relationship with him.

Don't just know about him, don't just have you know some ties to people who know God, but but you yourself.

Do you know that Jesus is alive?

And I'm not saying have you heard that Jesus is alive?

And I'm not saying even do you believe that Jesus is alive?

But do you know that Jesus is alive?

Like yes, do you know the doctrine that's important?

But personally

Can you say yes?

I know I've experienced.

The reality that Jesus is alive there's this classic old hymn.

I have a risen savior.

And the chorus.

Says he lives he lives Christ.

Jesus lives today.

He walks with me and talks with me a long life narroway

He lives, he lives salvation to impart.

You ask me how I know he lives.

He lives within my heart.

Do you know that Jesus is alive?

Because he walks with you and talks with you.

Because you engage with him, you interact with him.

Do you know doctrinally, theologically believing the gospels, believing the record that we have in the scriptures?

Yes, that's important.

But don't miss out on the personal experience side.

And know that Jesus is alive because you interact with him and he interacts with you.

Do you know that the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts?

Do you know that?

And and perhaps you know, the Bible teaches that, and perhaps you can point to the passages.

'cause I share them often, right?

But do you experience the supernatural gifting of the Holy Spirit?

So that you know not just because it's taught, not just because you're told not just because you understand the doctrine.

But do you take it to the next step and you're saying I'm not just?

A Monday morning quarterback.

I'm filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered by the spirit to do this for God, for the Kingdom of God.

Do you know that God is holy?

And perhaps your mind goes to Isaiah Chapter 6 and the Seraphim, crying out holy, holy, holy.

And yes, you know the doctrine.

But do you know it personally?

Do you experience that personally?

Well, you enter into the presence of God and you spend time with God and he brings light.

To your heart, and he exposes sin and he reveals the things that are displeasing to him.

And he calls that cause you to cast those things away from him.

And you experience that God is holy.

You know that he's holy because as you spend time with him, he calls out those things and calls you away from those things.

Do you know that God's mercies are new every morning?

Oh, I hope you know the doctrine.

That's what the Bible teaches.

His forgiveness is unlimited as you come to him and confess your sin.

He is faithful and just to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

Do you know that?

But then do you experience that?

And knowing that truth, do you then draw near to God instead of running away from God?

Having failed, having bombed it, having gone completely awry, and disregarded what he has said?

Do you put yourself on time out kind of make yourself pay for the mistake or do you run back?

Because you know the doctrine, but you've also are experiencing the doctrine of God's mercy of his embrace of his forgiveness.

Do you know the doctrine?

It's important.

But do you also know it because you experience it yourself?

Now there's a third.

Type of knowledge that we might consider and that is.

Historically, you know it doctrinally.

And perhaps you know it historically.

That is, yeah.

I remember those times in the past where I used to run to God.

For mercy after I failed.

I remember those times in the past where God showed me he was holy and revealed things to me.

I remember those times in the past where God empowered me.

With spiritual gifts.

But I would encourage you to take it beyond.

Doctrinal knowledge beyond historical knowledge to make it right now.

Personal knowledge.

That you know God, who he is, what he's like, that you have real interactions.

With him and the reality is, it's your choice.

How well you know God is entirely up to you.

He is promised.

Notice in verse.

9 David says if you seek him, he will be found by you.

God has made himself available.

He has made himself accessible by faith in Jesus Christ.

You have full access to God and you have every opportunity to know God and experience God as everybody else on the face of the earth.

It's your choice how much you know God.

You get to choose.

It's your choice.

And like David says to Solomon, consider now.

For the Lord has chosen you.

Consider that how will you respond?

Will you choose to know God?

Well still here in verse nine we get point #3 this morning and that is choose to faithfully submit to God joyfully.

And you can see I'm trying to cram in a couple of things here.

Choose to faithfully submit to God joyfully.

Again verse 9 says.

As for you, my son Solomon.

No, the God of your father.

And serve him.

With a loyal heart.

And with a willing mind.

For the Lord searches all hearts.

And understands all the intent of the thoughts.

If you seek him, he will be found by you.

But if you forsake him, he will cast you off.

David says son.

Serve God with a loyal heart.

And with a willing mind.

The word serve is a word that means to.

To do work.

Or to do the will of another.

In connection to God, to serve God.

It's about doing the work of God, which is the will.

Of God.

And so I worded this as submit.

Submit to the will of God submit.

To his plans and purposes.

This is the right response to understanding that God has chosen us.

If you think about the picture that God has chosen you, and given you a valuable part in his plans and purposes for this world and for the Kingdom of God.

It makes sense that you would want to then fulfill that that you would submit to God's plans and purposes to experience the fullness of what God wants to do with you and what God has created you for.

And so when you understand the reality of God choosing you, it makes sense.

To choose to submit to God.

David says with a loyal heart.

A faithful heart, a heart that is consistently choosing to submit to God a heart that is consistently choosing to follow God.

And David includes a warning with this.

Here in verse 90 he says look, God can spot the fakers.

You can't figure way through this.

Because the Lord searches all hearts, he understands the intent.

Of the thoughts.

It's probably not that difficult.

For us

To fake it in front of each other and to convince each other that we are.

Choosing to submit to God.

Not hard for us to convince others that that is the truth.

But you'll never get.

That past God.

He searches your heart.

He understands the intense even.

Of your thoughts.

What do you mean, what you want?

What do you desire?

What you're thinking about?

Why you do what you do?

The motivations he understands at all?

And so David says, choose.

With a loyal heart.

To serve God, just give your heart over to him completely, submit to him and surrender it to him fully.

Also, with a willing mind.

The word willing it means to have delight in to take pleasure in.

To have a willing mind is more than just OK, fine, the grudgingly submitting to God, but it's.

All right, I'm going to take pleasure in.

I'm going to delight in submission to God.

I'm going to delight and take joy in doing the will of God.

And laying aside my goals and my wishes and my will, for the will of God, I'm going to delight.

In his ways and in his will.

I think her name is Marie Kondo right?

The idea of like?

Go through your stuff.

If it doesn't spark joy, get rid of it.

You can think about that in regards to.

The pattern of your life.

If it doesn't help you, if it doesn't spark joy to submit to God, get rid of it.

And if.

Super Mario brothers

Hinder is your joy in submitting to God.

Get rid of it.

If getting all those coins becomes such an obsession that it takes away from, then get rid of it that that you would joyfully that you would maintain your life in such a way that you can willingly take delight in and joyfully submit.

To the will of God and the plan of God.

Consider now.

For the Lord has chosen you.

The right response.

It makes sense to choose to faithfully submit to God joyfully. Well, finally, gotta wrap it up here in verse 10 point #4 choose to do what God chose you to do.

Choose to do what God chose you to do.

Similar of course to the previous point, but here David says in verse 10.

Consider now for the Lord has chosen you to build the house for the sanctuary.

Be strong and do it.

Be strong and do it.

And he gave him a pair of Nikes so.

That he could just do it right.

Be strong.

And get to work.

Go do it.

Consider now the Lord chosen you so.

Don't just sit back and talk about it.

Don't just negotiate or think about it, don't just fantasize about it or imagine it go and do it.

At this time in his life, Solomon had a very direct and clear Commission from God.

The Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary.

Now after this temple was built.

Then God would have had other instruction and direction for Solomon and and so that Commission would change.

But the exhortation to now, OK, you know what God shows in now get to work and go do it.

Would be the same application through it all.

And similarly for you and I, God has chosen us, but God probably has not chosen you to build a temple.

That's probably not what God has chosen you for.

But God has chosen you for something.

Go do it.

Don't just think about it, don't just talk about it, don't just.

Dream about it.

Or run from it.

Be strong.

And go do it now.

You could think well if God chose me, why?

Do I need to be strong?

Well, I would encourage you.

To look through all the scriptures.

And try to figure out.

Has there ever been a servant of God?

Who has considered their call to be too?

Easy and without obstacles.

Has there ever?

Been a servant of God who's like, Oh yeah, it's easy.

I'm just going to.

Do what God wants me to do.

Problem got it, God chose me.

I'm going to go do it.

No, every servant of God.

Had to be strong.

Had to take strength or receive strength from God.

Take steps of faith, risk everything and do what God called them to do.

Did Noah need to be strong or did he just find everything easy and it just comes?

Together, did Abraham need to be strong or did he just find Oh yeah, everything God wants me to do is.

Easy, I don't need to.

Stress about it or worry about it.

There's no challenges in it.

Did David need to be strong?

Think about the years in the wilderness of God preparing him and how challenging those were.

Did Nehemiah need to be strong?

Did Peter need to be strong?

Did Timothy need to be strong?

Did Jesus need to be strong?

Every servant of God.

Faced with.

The purpose for which God chose them.

And and having that choice, and having that that.

Work of God in their lives does not neglect or take away from the need to be strong to take courage.

And to actually get up and go do.

What God has called us to do?

Why has?

God done it that way.

Why doesn't he make it easy?

Well, when you see him, you can ask him in the meantime.

Be strong, Matthew Poole says be strong.

Take courage and resolution to breakthrough all difficulties, troubles, discouragements or oppositions, which thou mayest possibly meet with.

You're going to have to break down walls.

You're going to have to jump caverns.

You're going to have to go forward.

In the midst of difficulty and fight and battle.

Be strong.

And do what God has chosen you to do.

Sometimes one of the things that holds us back is OK. Well, I'm pretty sure God's coming into this, but what if it's the wrong thing?

And so I don't want to go out boldly and all this strength and you know all engines firing I don't want.

I don't want to.

What if it's the wrong thing?

You know, David provides for us such a great example here in verse two and three, he explains, like I wanted to build God a house.

And I made preparations for it.

I'm all set to go.

I'm being strong and I'm going to do it.

And God sends Nathan the Prophet and says, hey, that's that's not what I've called you too.

Don't build the house, your son.

Will build the house.

You don't have to be so petrified and terrified and let it hold you back and disable you that well.

I don't know for sure if it's what God wants me to do and.

So I'm just I'm.

I'm not going to do it.

'cause I don't want.

To risk being wrong, listen God.

Can tell you.

When you're headed in the wrong direction.

I mean, keep the other things in line right to choose to discover all of his commands and to know him personally and submit to him faithfully and joyfully.

And then go do what God has on your heart.

And if what you're setting out to do is not what God has for you, then like David, just be willing to receive a redirection from God where God says, actually, it's good that it's in your heart.

Good job, but.

Take this turn here and go this route instead.

You don't have to fear.

Going the wrong direction so much.

If you're discovering all of his commands.

And spending time with him experiencing him personally, faithfully submitting.

To his plans and purposes and will for you, he'll redirect you.

And so that thing that's on your heart.

Go do it until God says otherwise.

Choose to do what God chose you to do.

Those things are on your heart many times for the very purpose that.

That's what God chose you for.

That's why it's on your heart.

That's what he created you for that's.

Well, he intends for you right now at this time.

Go do what God has chosen you for.

Choose the God who chose you.

Solomon was encouraged by David at this time.

I pray that you and I are as well.

God has chosen you.

Consider that how amazing it is.

That God would have a place for us and have a purpose for us.

And have exceedingly abundantly, above all, that we could ask or think in his plans and ideas about our potential and our capacity in his work, and in his Kingdom.

And so let's choose him back.

With everything that we have with all that we are.

To know his commands to know him personally.

To submit to him joyfully and consistently.

And to do to take boldness and to stop.

Wrestling in our minds and negotiating in our minds and trying to talk ourselves out of all the things like let's let's just go do what it is that God has called us to do.

And one final word on this from the apostle Paul.

In Philippians chapter three.

He says, not that I've already attained.

Or I'm already perfected, but I press on.

That I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.

I want to lay hold of that.

For which Christ Jesus laid hold of me, he's saying, like Jesus, chose me, and so I'm endeavoring to choose him.

But with the mindset I haven't already attained.

And so I don't look at this and go well, I already did choose God so.

I'm set, I'm done, that's it.

Now, I haven't already attained.

I haven't already fulfilled all that God has for me.

And so I'm going to press on that.

I may continue to choose God, that I may experience the fullness.

All that God has chosen me.

Let's pray, Lord, we pray that you would help us.

To be aware Lord of your presence.

In our lives, your plans and your purposes, load your ideas and intentions.

Not all the things that you desire to do.

May we fully appreciate and recognize that you have chosen us.

And God in response.

As we speak these things to us, we choose you.

We choose to serve you, we choose to follow you.

We choose to know you.

And look, we.

Choose to die to ourselves, and to lay.

Aside our own will.

To pursue yours to please you.

And to do the hard, difficult, scary, crazy things that.

You call us to do.

Give us boldness by your spirit and lead us forward.

We pray in Jesus name.