Summary: This sermon was preached for the Building Fund Rally at the Greater Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Bleecker, Alabama. The sermon focuses on the importance of preparation in kingdom building.
Preparing to Build Your Temple
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.
6 Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the LORD God of Israel.
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Subject: Preparing to Build Your Temple
At the writing of our Old Testament text, David was the reigning king of the children of Israel. And at this point in David’s life, we must understand that he had lived a storybook life; the kind of life that many folk can only dream of living. It was a life filled with many great achievements and acts of extreme heroism.
If we were to research our Bible and look at the history of this man called David, we would find out that David came from very humble beginnings. Can I get a witness?
We would find that he served his father as a shepherd boy out in the pasture. And most of us know that life out on the pasture was not an easy life to have. We know that there were many dangers out in the pasture. For the Word of God reveals to us how David had to oftentimes rescue his sheep from the mouths of bears and wolves. Have I got a witness?
And yet even though man knew nothing about this ruddy, little shepherd boy, God saw David even where he was, and sent the prophet Samuel to find and anoint David as the future king of Israel.
The Bible tells us that one of David’s first and greatest acts was going up against the Philistine giant by the name of Goliath. Despite the fact that many of the soldiers in Saul’s army were terrified of this giant who was killing opposing soldiers left and right, David had no fear.
Instead of fearing the giant, he put all of his faith in God. And you see my brothers and sisters, you need to know today that if you put all of your faith in God, there is no challenge that you can not overcome. Can I get a witness?
For the Bible tells us that not only did David battle the giant Goliath, but he battled him without any battle armor. For the history of David tells us that he refused to wear King Saul’s battle armor to fight the giant Goliath, but instead he took a sling shot and 5 smooth stones with him into battle. And again, my brothers and sisters, you need to understand that God will not always provide you with the tools that somebody else thinks that you should have. But he will provide you with the tools that are best for you. And if God provides your tools for you, those tools will be capable of accomplishing any task that God has laid before you. Am I right about it?
The Bible tells us that after the slaughter of the Philistines, Saul made David the general of the armies of Israel. And because he was an anointed child of God, David maintained a perfect war battle, causing envy and malice to creep into the heart of Saul.
After making many attempts on the life of David, the Bible tells us that King Saul was killed in battle. And David was elevated as King of a united Kingdom of Israel.
It was under David that the wealth and power of Israel began to grow. He defeated the Philistines a second time. He defeated Zobah and Syria. He defeated the children of Ammon. Everybody who came David’s way, were sure to meet with defeat and destruction.
But like so many of us, David ended up with a blemish on his illustrious record. Just like us he strayed outside of the will of God to satisfy his will for the flesh. For the Bible tells us that David plotted the murder of one of his own soldiers, just so he could have this man’s wife as his own.
But even in his wrongdoing, David remained faithful and committed to God. He knew who had brought him through all of the trials and tribulations in his life. He knew who had been there with him in the heat of the battle. He knew who had never turned his back on him when he needed a true friend. So he repented of his sins and asked God for forgiveness. And God forgave him.