David son of Jesse was king over all Israel. 27 He ruled over Israel forty years—seven in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 28 He died at a good old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth and honor. His son Solomon succeeded him as king.
I was reading my bible earlier this Thanksgiving week, and was caught up by this section in Chronicles in which David has reached the end of his life and reign as King of Israel. David had done it all; shepherd, warrior, murderer, adulterer, songwriter, poet and King...Some good; some, not so.........
The completion of the temple was a huge part of his legacy, and he gave ALL he possessed towards it's completion...at the end, acknowledging that ALL he possessed was in fact on loan from God.
10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. 15 We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.16 Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. 18 Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you. 19 And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided.”
20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Praise the Lord your God.” So they all praised the Lord, the God of their fathers; they bowed down, prostrating themselves before the Lord and the king.
I play a little mind trick from time to time; standing in a room , I take every element that makes up the room and reduce it to it's creation point, ie. doors to trees, glass to sand, door hinges to rock...you get the drift....All things come from God.
The realization of this should prompt our praise and thanksgiving response throughout the day...(which by the way was also provided by Him)
Like David, I too want to focus those that I love and have influence over to be "praise ready". The old song says, "You can never out give the Lord"........
.......you can never thank Him enough either!