Throughout the Bible, giving is an expression of faith. One account that illustrates this principle is King David's contribution to the construction of the Temple in Jerusalem. David had lived his whole life in service to the Lord and in expectation of the day when he would be able to build a permanent house for the Ark of the Covenant.
Bad News and Giving
When the time came for breaking ground, the Lord informed David that he was not worthy to lead the project. There was too much blood on David’s hands. David's son, Solomon, would be the one to build the temple in Jerusalem. How did David react to this bad news? We might expect him to be disappointed or even to question his faith. Instead, we see a positive reaction and giving plays a vital part.
David turns to the public assembly and tells them that he has been denied by God the privilege of building the temple. Nevertheless, he offers his full support to the project by giving his entire personal fortune - all his gold, silver and precious possessions. The leaders of Israel hear David’s pledge and respond in faith and in action, by giving from their own personal wealth.
King David: Principles of Giving
What lessons can we learn from King David?
- Giving is not just our appropriate response to God’s blessings. David's generosity comes on the heels of bad news from the Lord. Through his giving, David evidences a positive outward expression of faith and love for the Lord, even when his own plans and dreams go unfulfilled.
- God owns it all. Giving to the temple was David’s duty as a good and faithful steward of his God-given wealth.
- David's giving was not merely a private transaction between him and the Lord. It was an individual act as part of a community of faith. He gave publicly in order to be an inspiration to the entire nation.
Giving: Expressing our Faith
Today, the work of the Lord continues through churches, ministries and charities. Through the story of David we can draw strength and be inspired. Through giving, we express our faith and trust in the Lord. Through giving, we honor God. Through giving, we can inspire others to join together in a greater community of giving.