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Put Your Heart to Test…1 Chronicles 29:17
“I know, O my God, that you put hearts to test and that you take pleasure in righteousness” (1 Chronicles 29:17). Today’s verse comes from the last chapter of the First Book of Chronicles. In this chapter, David is addressing the people about the Temple that he wishes to build for the Lord. He has brought together many offerings in gold and bronze, precious stones and all the other necessary materials to build it. He has given all of his personal fortune to the project and he encourages the assembly to make offerings as well. And they all come forward, wholeheartedly, to contribute to this holy project. It is a celebration of giving. Or is it a celebration of “thanksgiving”? David then lifts up a powerful prayer recognizing an important truth that we are to consider and take seriously. That truth is that everything that we give to God, for example, our tithes, was already given freely and generously to us by God. Nothing is ours. Everything has been given to us by God. This is a recognition that can only come from a well developed attitude of humility. David says, “Who am I, and who are my people, that we should have the means to contribute so freely? For everything is from you, and what we give is what we have from you.” (verse 14) Then he adds this strange comment, “I know, O my God, that you put hearts to the test and that you take pleasure in righteousness.” Though we are still living in the bright glow of this year’s Easter events, that glow dims when we again begin to realize that what hindered us from being what God wants us to be in the past is still there. Our attitudes of pride and greed, jealousy and…