David said to Solomon, “My son, I had intended to build a house to the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so much blood on the earth before Me.’” – 1 Chronicles 22:7-8
King David longed with all of his heart to build a temple to house the ark of the covenant, a permanent home to picture the establishment of God’s people in the land that God had promised. God, however, would not allow David to build the temple, but instead encouraged him to gather the materials in order that his heir might accomplish the project. God told David that he could not build because he had shed too much blood.
This seems a little reminiscent of Paul’s words concerning ministry roles (“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.”). David could not build, but he could prepare for the work of building. He could cast the vision, set a direction, and even instill in his successor the need to see the project accomplished, but that would be the end of his involvement.
We must all accept our role in God’s service, be it preparation or actual completion. God’s Kingdom expansion is never a one-person (or one-ministry) show. It is a unified multi-ethnic, multi-talented, multi-experienced, and multi-generational enterprise that has (and will continue to span) generations until the Son returns. In this way, no single “anyone” or “anything” can get the glory that rightly belongs to God.
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself; it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others. – Oswald Chambers