David provided great quantities of iron for nails for the doors of the gates and for camps, as well as bronze in quantities for weighing, and cedar timbers without number, for the Sidonians and Tyrians brought great quantities of cedar to David. For David said, “Solomon my son is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceeding magnificent, of fame and glory throughout all lands. I will therefore make preparation for it.” So David provided materials in great quantity before his death. 1 Chronicles 22:3-5
With great pains I have provided for the house of the Lord 100,000 talents of good, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. 1 Chronicles 22:14
JD Greear writes in his book, Jesus Continued…Why the Spirit Inside You is Better Than Jesus Beside You, A heart that truly understands the gospel overflows with gratefulness to God. Extravagant grace produces extravagant givers. (Pg. 88) David was so overwhelmed with what God had done for him that his heart overflowed with a desire to give back to God. God had told David that he couldn’t build His temple, but God did allow him to provide the materials for the temple.
Did you catch that in the 1 Chronicles verses? He provided so many materials they were beyond weighing. So why was it such a big deal to David to see the Temple get built? Maybe it was like what Prince Ea from You Tube said in one of his clips, “Martin Luther Jr. didn’t have a dream, the dream had him.”
I would say maybe David wasn’t so much a man after God’s own heart as He was a man whose heart God was after. And He got His heart.
Isn’t that what God wants? Our hearts? And when He gets it, He takes it and runs with it. And God overflows it with so much stuff that it can’t be weighed. It’s like the Grinch’s heart that grows three times bigger after hearing the Who’s sing when he took all their presents. In Psalm 119:32 David wrote, I will run in the way of Your commandments when You enlarge my heart! There it is.
Jabez prayed for it in 1 Chronicles 4:10. Jabez called upon God saying, ‘O God that You would bless me and enlarge my border.’
So what does this have to do with Christmas? If we truly understand Christmas and the gospel, that God gave us Jesus to save us from our sin, or as my favorite Titus 3:4 simply tells, when the good and kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us. If we get that, then our hearts should be enlarged three times bigger, and we should be caught with a dream like David that consumes us.
It might not be a Temple, or an enlarged border, but if our hearts overflow with gratitude then we become extravagant givers because of God’s extravagant grace. That is what has caught me over this last week. I have spied the people around me with new eyes thinking, “how can I bless them this Christmas?” I have prayed that God would speak to me to give me His eyes and then to tell me what to do for those He puts on my heart.
There are at least two families that I am hoping to bless with God’s grace, as well as some individuals. I would like to say that it will be so much that it can’t be weighed, but it’s a start. Enlarge my heart O God. Pour your extravagant grace through me to others so that they can come to know You.
*Image from Bethel Bible Church, Winimac IN