As you read through 1 Chronicles 12, did you catch the nationalism? The writer is bursting with pride as he recounts the grandeur of an age once upon a time. Frances Havergal also was moved by this passage as well. She wrote the song, “Who Is on the Lord’s Side?” expressing her loyalty to the King. The question for you this morning is this: Will you serve the King?
The chapter approaches folklore status as the most valiant and talented of all Israel yield their services to their king. With such a gathering of talent, David had to be a superb leader. In many ways he was, and his first orders of the state were to inquire after God and fight against God’s enemies. The key to leading a nation, even more, a league of talent resides within these two stories. The first story highlights an oversight the second highlights the power of proper reliance. David’s first desire was to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. This truly was noble, but the transportation of the ark was a grizzly oversight. The oversight might have been linked to presumption which is this: All that matters is if you are doing a good thing; how you do it is inconsequential. Probably the chief nemesis of functional Christianity is doing good things, yet never considering the will of God. It really is a testimony to our own legacy. We desire to worship God, but we whittle it down to questions like, “What works in my community?” or “What style does the next generation appreciate?” We are parading God around on an ox cart. People desire to do a good thing, but when it gratifies some internal desire or tickles their ears, is it done for the right person? The dormant truth lying within each person is we naturally pursue our own desires instead of truly serving the King. When David’s good intention was rebuffed by God, he questioned, “How shall I bring the ark of God home to me” (1 Chronicles 13:12)? Does that not sound a little self-centered?
In the next chapter, David learned to rely upon God. This step-by-step reliance wisely counseled him to victory. David learned doing a good thing in itself is not satisfactory. Who are you serving? This is really the question. If you are serving the King, then you do what the King wants the way the King wants it. Doing a good thing and doing it God’s way yields reward. Don’t fill your life with good things to serve yourself. It is not about you. It’s about the King. Keep it about the King by doing it His way.