1 Chronicles 22:19
Now set your heart and soul to seek the LORD your God. Get started building the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy articles of God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD."
Sermons
Arise, and BuildJ.R. Thomson 1 Chronicles 22:19
Building the TempleJ. E. Sampson.1 Chronicles 22:19
Seeking After GodC. Simeon, M. A.1 Chronicles 22:19
Seeking GodLyman Abbott.1 Chronicles 22:19
Set Your HeartSpurgeon, Charles Haddon1 Chronicles 22:19
The Important SearchJ. Wolfendale.1 Chronicles 22:19
Work for God Must be Done with Heart and SoulR. Tuck 1 Chronicles 22:19
A Son PredictedBiblical Museum1 Chronicles 22:6-19
David's Charge to SolomonMonday Club Sermons1 Chronicles 22:6-19
God's Word to DavidJ. Parker, D. D.1 Chronicles 22:6-19
LearnJ. Wolfendale.1 Chronicles 22:6-19
The Prediction of Solomon's BirthJ. Parker, D. D.1 Chronicles 22:6-19
David's Charge to the Princes of IsraelF. Whitfield 1 Chronicles 22:17-19
The Wisdom of the StrongW. Clarkson 1 Chronicles 22:17-19
Before the old king died, he wished to see his successor's work in train and order. Accordingly, both to Solomon and to the princes, David addressed stirring words of admonition. And as what he had most at heart was the erection of the temple, it was natural that he should lay the greatest stress upon this vast and glorious undertaking.

I. Note first, as here described, THE NATURE AND CHARACTER OF THE BUILDING. It was "the sanctuary of the Lord God;" it was to be built "to the Name of the Lord." A Divine dwelling, a habitation for the Most High, a holy place. In all this an emblem of the temple of our Saviour's body, and of that spiritual house which is the temple of the Holy Ghost.

II. Remark next, THE PURPOSE OF THE BUILDING. It was to contain "the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the holy vessels of God." That is to say, it was not only the locality of God's manifested presence, but it was the scene of sacrifice and worship and the centre of the nation's religion. This gave a practical and political significance to the erection of the sanctuary.'

III. Instructive is the account given of THE DISPOSITION AND SPIRIT OF THE BUILDERS. The work was not to be done mechanically, or from a feeling of constraint. They were to "set their heart and their soul to seek the Lord their God." That is, they were to undertake the work as one distinctively religious, and from a religious motive and with a religious aim.

PRACTICAL LESSONS.

1. Let everything that is God's engage your sympathy and interest and zeal. Let each Christian hear the voice from heaven saying to him, "Arise, and build."

2. Let God's work be done in a devout and religious spirit. In serving the Lord seek him, and he will be found of you. - T.







Now set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God.
I. THE OCCASION ON WHICH THIS INJUNCTION WAS GIVEN.

II. THE INJUNCTION ITSELF.

1. The great object of our life.

2. In what way we are to prosecute it.(1) Avail yourselves of the opportunities afforded for public usefulness.(2) Begin with the surrender of your whole souls to God.

(C. Simeon, M. A.)

I. The OBJECT searched.

II. The METHOD of search.

1. Earnestly.

2. Resolutely.

(J. Wolfendale.)

The great aim of missionary work, at home and abroad, is the same. This great work may be illustrated by the text. We have —

I. THE HEART SET UPON GOD.

1. All work for God must begin with ourselves (Acts 22:28; 1 Timothy 4:16).

2. It must be heart-work, not merely duty, custom, or sympathy.

3. There must be a deliberate setting of the heart and soul upon God as our God, reconciled in Christ, fixedly His (Psalm 57:7; Deuteronomy 10:12).

4. There must be continued seeking God, in prayer, meditation, holy living.

II. THE BUILDING-WORK GOING ON. The living Church is God's sanctuary. He dwells in the hearts of His people (John 14:23; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 Corinthians 3:16). The work of Christ's followers is to build the sanctuary.

1. By gathering souls out of the world around to Christ.

2. By gathering souls into the Church, uniting in one body in Christ.

III. THE SANCTUARY USED FOR GOD. Union in the Church must be —

1. For consecration. The temple is not for ornament, nor for the admiration of the world, but for God.

2. For worship: "Bring the ark," etc. The ark shadows forth the great propitiation (Romans 3:25). This must hold the first position in the Church, heart, ministry (1 Corinthians 2:2).

3. For service: "Bring the holy vessels," etc. Each vessel has its use.

(J. E. Sampson.)

Let us take this exhortation —

I. IN ITS REFERENCE TO GOD'S OWN PEOPLE.

1. What are they to seek? "The Lord your God."(1) By endeavouring to obey Him in everything.(2) In building up His temple. It should be the main object of our life to seek the Lord by building up His Church.(3) By doing everything to God's glory.

2. How are they to seek? "Set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God."(1) With fixity of purpose: "Set."(2) Have an intense affection towards God's service and glory.(3) With an energetic use of the intellect. We ought as much to speculate and scheme to glorify God as we meditate how to advance our business.(4) By the union and concentration of all our faculties.

3. When are we to seek the Lord? "Now." Now is the only time worth having, because it is indeed the only time we have. When did David mean by his "now"?(1) Now that they had an efficient leader — Solomon.(2) When God is with you.(3) When God gives rest. "Hath He not given you rest on every side?"

II. IN ITS REFERENCE TO THOSE WHO ARE CONVERTED.

1. Set your heart on true religion, and be not content with the outward form of it.

2. Seek the Lord Himself.

3. Seek Him at once with all your heart.

( C. H. Spurgeon.)

In the struggle of life many men and women are hampered and depressed by the memory of past weaknesses, errors, and sins. The hours of their real spiritual prosperity are overshadowed and embittered by the recollection of their spiritual adversities. It is one of the wise and helpful laws of our nature that in freeing ourselves from weakness and sin we do not free ourselves from the memory of them. The value of the experience lies in the lesson we learn from it, and the truest repentance is often witnessed by the poignancy of the sorrow, and both the lesson and the sorrow have their roots in memory. But, while we are not to forget that we have sometimes fallen, we are not always to carry the mud with us; the slough is behind, but the clean, clearly-defined road stretches ahead of us, skies are clear, and God is beyond. We were made for purity, truth, and fidelity, and the very abhorrence of the opposites of these qualities, which grows and deepens within us, bears testimony that our aspirations are becoming our attainments. The really noble thing about any man or woman is not freedom from all stains of the lower life, but the deathless aspiration which for ever drives us forward and will not let us rest in any past, whether good or bad. That which makes us respect ourselves is not what men call a blameless career, but the hunger and thirst after God which makes all our doing unsatisfying and inadequate to us. Better a thousand times the eager and passionate fleeing to God from a past of faults and weaknesses, with an irresistible longing for rest in the everlasting verities, than the most respectable career which misses this profound impulse. The past, remains with us to remind us of our perils and our constant need of help, but it ought not to haunt and oppress us. The real life of an aspiring soul is always ahead, We are not fleeing from the devil, but seeking God.

(Lyman Abbott.)

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