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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

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Why We Give

1 Chron 29.1-22

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[As we focus our minds on giving today.  I want to speak tonight about why we give to the kingdom work of my Lord Jesus Christ in our tithes and offerings.  We ought to give with certainty and we ought to purposefully of our time, talents and treasures.  In seeking to put together a message for this evening’s service that focused on giving I was a bit pressed that I did not have a text that seemed to fit what was placed upon my heart by the Holy Spirit of God.  However, having trusted the Lord in the past to bring the text He knew would support the message, even if it came on short notice, I waited upon the Lord.   Friday morning during my God and I time I read my designated reading in 1 Chronicles and as I read 1 Chronicles 29 I knew immediately that the text was before me.]   

[Things like this often happen.  Many of you know that I do not wait until the last minute to prepare my sermons.  I prepare, with fasting and prayer, my sermon plan often more than six months in advance.  I will pray about what passages I need to preach through verse by verse and even consider, in a general sense, how I might break the book of the Bible down in a series of sermons.  I also pray about what topical messages I might need to preach, prayerfully considering special days and holidays.  Sometimes, I plan to preach on topics that need to be addressed regularly, like giving, and reading through the Bible, and such topics, but I do not necessarily settle on a text for the topic many months in advance.  As was the case for this evening’s message on giving.] 

[I have learned that I need to trust God to guide me in His time to the appropriate passage.  Our Lord said,] 

[Luke 12:11-12 11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.]

[I think many a preacher uses a passage like this to just shoot from the cuff in the pulpit.  I trust you know that I believe in diligent and fervent study and preparation.  I would not be lazy with the Word of God or toward the people of God.  However, at the same time we can be so intellectually rigid that we never listen to the Holy Spirit of God.  I strive to listen to our Lord and to be diligent with His guidance.  On rare occasions I must wait on God to guide me to His message, and I have found Him always faithful in His guidance, even when the hour seemed pressing to me.] 

[I suppose I feel led to mention all of this for these reasons,] 

         [The Holy Spirit of God who indwells us is a real person with certain purpose in our lives and He is to be listened to and heeded in our daily lives.] 

         [The Word of God is the Word of God at every Jot and Tittle and it is to be read and studied faithfully, without neglecting a single word or phrase.] 

         [The Holy Spirit of God illuminates the Word of God and the Word of God stabilizes our spiritual understanding so that they both work in harmony and we need to heed both the Spirit of God and the Word of God.] 

         [As a result we must be diligent to read the Word of God faithfully and we must be patient to wait upon the Holy Spirits guidance in our lives.] 

[Now, on to our message for this evening on giving and why we give, which I find outlined right here in king David’s words of praise as king Solomon is coronated upon the throne of the kingdom.  As we consider the words of king David I find that David gave to God’s kingdom work for the same reasons that I give to God’s kingdom work.] 

We Give Because, 

A.    Of God’s Faithfulness (vs 10-16; Mal 3.10-12; Luke 6.38) [–  Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. 11 Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. 14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. 15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. 16 O Lord our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own. – Israel had gathered together, by a free will offering, a great sum and treasure store of gold, silver, brass and everything else that was needed to build a glorious temple for the Lord.  These stores of valuable goods were gathered, not of tithes, for tithes are meant to support the ministers that work in the Lords ministry.  But it was gathered of free will offerings.  King David had massed a great store in preparation, and then Israel had willing added thereto.] 

[However in the praise of King David there is a wonderful illumination about this great wealth of preparation for a glorious temple for our Lord.  King David rightly declares that everything that had been gathered was always the Lord’s.  It all belonged to God.  The only reason king David and Israel were able to gather what they had gathered was because God had been faithful to give it to them in the first place.  It all ultimately came from God, and regardless of how king David and the people of Israel used the wealth God had provided it all still belonged to God.] 

[Think for a moment about the wealth of king David and the people of Israel.  King David did not live in a mud hut.  As the king of Israel he lived in a palace.  King David provided well for his family, perhaps at times too well.  He had many wives and many children and they, in their time, wanted for nothing.  They had all the best of what their world had to offer them.  But king David also cared for the people of his kingdom.  While we are certain there were rich and poor, we also know that the reigns of king David and king Solomon were times of financial and personal gain for all that lived in the kingdom of Israel.  By no means did king David or the people of Israel give everything they had to build the temple.  But they did give, and they gave abundantly.] 

[As God had faithfully blessed king David and his people, they gave faithfully back to God and I believe that this faithfulness to recognize the gifts of God and to faithfully honor God with those gifts is why Israel prospered greatly under king Solomon.] 

[We must recall the promises of God given in the Bible,] 

[Malachi 3:10-12 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.]

[Luke 6:38 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.]

[We must ask ourselves, why is America so wealthy?  Why are the people of America so wealthy and blessed?  Perhaps you don’t feel all that wealthy.  That is because you measure our wealth in comparison to those around you, in comparison to your community.  However, if you were to see the shanty towns of Brazil, the rugged concrete block homes of Paraguay, the grass and mud huts of Africa, then perhaps you would begin to understand your incredible wealth.  America was founded out of a deep love for God and a reverent honor toward God and as a result we are a wealthy people.] 

[God has been faithful toward us, but have we been equally faithful toward God.  I believe most of us here tonight have sought to be faithful toward God, after all it is the faithful who return to Church on Sunday evening.  But there are more and more in our culture that are anything but faithful toward God.  Many are vehemently rebellious toward God and others just ignore God altogether.  Now, these are to be expected.  However, my concern is how these unfaithful folk might begin to cool our faithful hearts toward God and giving.  For we might begin to think, “Well I have given in abundance in just my tithes, so perhaps I do not need to give so much in my offerings.”] 

[My Christian friends, let us always remind ourselves that everything we have was given through the faithfulness of God and let us be careful to be faithful in return to our Lord.  Let us sing glorious praises to our Heavenly Father as we faithfully recognize His faithfulness in our giving hearts and spirits.] 

[My brothers and sisters I give back to God because God has been faithful to give me that which I can give back to Him.  And I give it back, as king David did, with great joy and rejoicing.] 

B.     Of God’s Righteousness (vs 17-19; Acts 13.22; 1 Sam 15.22; John 14.15) [– I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. 18 O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee: 19 And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for the which I have made provision.]  

[It is interesting to note here that king David’s willing and giving heart poured out of the purity of the righteousness in his heart.  Now, we know that king David was not a perfect man.  King David had sinned in his life, but he also sincerely repented of his sins and ask for God’s forgiveness.  King David retuned to God and sought after God with all of his heart, so that the Bible testifies of king David,]  

[Acts 13:22 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.]

[From this we understand that king David deeply loved God and desired to please God.  Out of this depth of relationship with God poured God’s blessings upon king David and king David’s willingness to give back to God in abundance.  King David gave of God’s bounty back to God, but he gave himself to God first.  King David recognized that any sacrifice without righteousness would be meaningless.  This reminds me of Samuels’s words to king Saul.  Samuel said,] 

[1 Samuel 15:22 22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.]

[Perhaps this is what our Lord Jesus Christ was implying when He said,] 

[John 14:15 15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.]

[My friends giving your treasure to the Lord is meaningless if you have not first given yourself to the Lord.  The greater truth is likely that until you have given your life and heart to the Lord you will be less likely to give your worldly treasures back to the Lord.  Perhaps if we were to measure the levels of giving among church people we would likely find a correlation between the righteousness of the people and their willingness to give to God’s kingdom work.] 

[When I say I give because of God’s righteousness, I mean that God’s righteousness inspires my desire to be righteous so that I can draw closer to my Lord.  The closer I draw to my Lord the more I love Him and trust His faithfulness and the less I feel like I have to provide for my own needs.  Hence, I feel free to give more toward my Lord’s kingdom work.  At least, this is how it all works out in my mind.] 

[Giving because of God’s faithfulness and righteousness reminds me of a hymn.] 

[Hymn – The Longer I Serve Him] 

[Since I started for the Kingdom,
Since my life He controls,
Since I gave my heart to Jesus,
The longer I serve Him,
The sweeter He grows.]

[The longer serve Him, the sweeter He grows,
The more that I love Him, more love He bestows;
Each day is like heaven, my heart overflows,
The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.]

[Ev'ry need He is supplying,
Plenteous grace He bestows;
Ev'ry day my way gets brighter,
The longer I serve Him,
The sweeter He grows.]

[The longer serve Him, the sweeter He grows,
The more that I love Him, more love He bestows;
Each day is like heaven, my heart overflows,
The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.

C.    Of God’s Sacrifice (vs 20-22) [– And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the Lord your God. And all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the Lord, and the king. 21 And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings unto the Lord, on the morrow after that day, even a thousand bullocks, a thousand rams, and a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel: 22 And did eat and drink before the Lord on that day with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and anointed him unto the Lord to be the chief governor, and Zadok to be priest. – Now some might think that I am stretching the text a bit here, but the sacrifices given by king David and Israel as they worshiped God and coronated king Solomon reminds us of what every sacrifice of the Old Testament pointed toward and that is the one supreme sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ upon Calvary’s Cross.] 

[By these sacrifices we are reminded that there is a great price to be paid for our sins and that price was paid in full by our Lord Jesus Christ.]  

[Romans 3:24-26 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. ]

[I give sacrificially to my Lord and His kingdom work because He first gave himself sacrificially for me.  My Lord’s sacrifices teach me to be sacrificial in my life and giving.] 

[My brothers and sisters, our wealth will do one of two things in our life.  Our wealth should draw us closer to God and that will be reflected in a heart and life that is willing and ready to give back to God of our time, talents, and treasures.  However, our wealth can also feed our lusts and covetousness and draw us away from God and toward this world’s luxuries and goods.  Let us endeavor with diligence to recognize that God has been faithful toward us and His faithfulness should draw us to be faithful to Him in return.  Our faithfulness toward God is reflected in our righteousness and sacrifice in the midst of our generous giving.]



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