I Chronicles 22: 1Then David said, This is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel. 2 And David commanded to gather together the strangers that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones to build the house of God. 3 And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight; 4 Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David. 5 And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the Lord must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.
At this time Solomon was 20 and David was in his 70’s. David was preparing to die. He charged his son Solomon with the building of the house of God.
7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God: 8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. 10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.
This tells us that David had a mind to build God’s house. His desire to do this was greater than his desire for wealth or conquering countries. It always bothered David that he had a palace but God didn’t have a house. Our church is here today because people had a mind to build, a mind to work. It was not an easy job to level this hilltop. This church is open tonight because you had a mind to be here. This church’s continuance depends on our mindset. While the building can be completed, the spiritual building is ongoing. The spiritual house is important. The church within us makes this place God’s house.
God chose the ground for his house. Many years before God called Abraham to take Isaac to Mount Moriah. Melchizedek was the priest of the city of Salem, which would eventually be Jerusalem. This same place is where David was to have God’s house built. We have been chosen. Many of you were saved here. The Lord sent me here 15 years ago. I feel at home here. God has given us this ground to work on. Before God will dwell in the church house, he must dwell in our house—our hearts. We prepare the ground of our heart. We are bought with a price, purchased by the blood of the Lamb. Through and by our doing right with the ground we’ve been given, we have success in our spiritual life.
The plans for God’s house were not designed by David. These were divine blueprints. Our church was laid out on blueprints before anything was put on the ground. God’s Word is our blueprint, and he reminds us all things are possible when we follow it. When we use our plan or add to his, we will not succeed. God will help us if we have a mind to build.
This was not an ordinary task. It was not an easy or simple task. It involved a lot of materials. It required the skills of a great multitude. We can be satisfied with how we are, but are we pleasing the Lord? None of us is a finished product. We need work. It is hard sometimes to yield ourselves to God’s working. When God’s house was finished it was a glorious wonder. It wasn’t put together in a traditional manner. It’s not the overt things that will build our church, but the words of kindness and witness will go a long way. If we’re careful we can get it built. The hard work needed to get God’s house together didn’t do it. God was God. He made it come together.
The men and women had to offer their hands. They had to offer their backs. God needed them to get the work done. The masons were called to hew out the stones. Some could cut out stones in one way; some cut out in another way. They used the blueprint. This is why you’re needed. Only you can hew out the stones that God wants you to shape. Every one of us has a place to hew out. That’s a lot to think about—the job God has for us to do.
Everything was waiting. The blueprint had been given. The design had been laid out. The ground had been purchased. It was all waiting on someone. It was all waiting on everyone to begin. We have a tendency to look around and say “this needs to be done and so and so needs to do this or that.” Before I can say anything about everyone I have to look at someone—me. Are we still in the spiritual cradle and need to be told the simple basics of being a Christian and living for the Lord? Do we have to be told to sing? Told to pray? Told to be a witness? We know what to do. I can’t hew a stone that God has told you to shape. It takes all our stones to make it work.
Read this chapter. Think about your building stones. We’ll pick it up again next week.