4 “Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, chose me from my whole family to be king over Israel forever. He chose Judah as leader, and from the tribe of Judah he chose my family, and from my father’s sons he was pleased to make me king over all Israel. 5 Of all my sons—and the Lord has given me many—he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. 6 He said to me: ‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. 7 I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.’
8 “So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever. (1 Chronicles 28:4-8)
– David speaks these words to Israel and its leaders before giving charge to his son and heir, Solomon
– In vss. 1-7 David speaks of how God chose him from all his father’s sons and then chose Solomon of all David’s sons to be his heir
– The “so” in v. 8 suggests that God should be obeyed out of humility – recognizing that of all the people whom God could have chosen, God chose David, God chose Solomon, God chose Israel.
– This selection entitles them to follow the commands of the Lord!
– The underlying Hebrew of “follow” in v. 8 is noted by the New English Translation team as “Watch! Follow!” which fits well here – God sought David, sought Solomon (and Israel for that mater) and therefore in response they ought to seek God’s way. The King James Version has “keep and seek.”
One of the great rhythms of the Scriptures, of the Christian life, is “God acts, we respond.” All that we do is in response to what God has done. There is no “doing for God” except in response to the initial doing of God. It is rooted in our understanding of the sacraments in which God has acted and we respond in love and obedience.
I am struggling right now with a question that these words really address. For me it reframes my question into “What has God done for me? How has God sought and chosen me?” And how does what I do respond to that above all other considerations and motivations?
Lord Who Seeks and Chooses – always, always you are seeking and acting. Always you are working and choosing. May this day’s actions and words of mine be in response to You and to what You have done. In the name of your greatest act, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.