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A Proper Perspective Produces Praise

People have been lining up, even before this day began, to get bargains from their favorite stores. There is no doubt they are committed to getting the best deals. Nothing is wrong with shopping, but a day like Black Friday is a good time to pause and consider our perspective on earthly possessions.

In our reading, David’s boyish good looks are a thing of his past. His ruddy red hair has now turned gray, and he has more wrinkles than he can count. Running for miles was never a problem, but David finds himself winded from walking up a flight of stairs. One last thing the Lord wanted him to do before his last breath on earth was to build a place of worship where the Ark of the Covenant could rest.

Therefore, David drew plans, rolled them up, and handed them to his son Solomon to finish the job. However, before he was completely done, he taught his son and the Lord’s people that when it comes to wealth, a proper perspective produces praise. King David led the people in generous giving (vv. 1–9) and followed by leading them in an abundance of praise (vv. 10–20).

He begins by praising God because He is an eternal God (v. 10) who has all the power, glory, majesty, and splendor (v. 11). In His hands are wealth, honor, strength, and power (v. 12). David praises the Lord because he acknowledges that everything he and the Israelites have comes from the Lord. This truth is even more evident in verses 14 and 16. David’s perspective on the possessions God has given him allows him to lead the Lord’s people during this time of thanks and praise.

Apply the Word

If you are a leader in your church, work, or home, people are watching your example just like the Israelites under King David. Hunting for the best deals and purchasing holiday gifts is not wrong, but when you do, make sure you do it with the proper perspective on money and stewardship. Remember, a proper perspective produces praise.

Pray with Us

Coming to the end of our study, reflect on this month’s theme and ask God for deeper understanding of gratitude and praise. May we have the heart of the psalmist who said, “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Ps. 103:2).

BY Chris Rappazini

Chris Rappazini serves as associate professor and program head of the BA and MA in Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. He is the vice president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and previously served as the associate minister of preaching and teaching at Southside Christian Church in Spokane, Washington. While currently on sabbatical from teaching at Moody, Chris and his wife, Ashley, and their three children reside in Texas.

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