1 Chronicles 22:12,13 - God Blessings and Conditions.
1 Chronicles 22:12, 13: God Blessings and Conditions.
1 Chronicles 22:12 (NLT) And may the LORD give you wisdom and
understanding, that you may obey the law of the LORD your God as you rule over
1 Chronicles 22:13 (NLT) For if you carefully obey the laws and
regulations that the LORD gave to Israel through Moses, you will be
successful. Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or lose heart!
1 Chr 22:12 (CWR) May the Lord also give you wisdom and
understanding when he puts you in charge of the country and help you keep His
commandments and His laws.
1 Chr 22:13 (CWR) If you obey Him and observe the ordinance
that the Lord gave us through Moses, then the Lord can bless you and
you'll be successful in everything you do. So be confident and full of
courage. Don't let anything make you afraid.
Preparations for the building of the Temple (22:2-19)
David Makes Plans for the Temple
David Charges Solomon to Build The Temple (22:1-19)
David Helps Solomon Prepare to Build the Temple
Proverbs 2:6-7 (KJV) For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his
mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.  He layeth up sound
wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
James 1:5 (KJV) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be
Deut. 4:6 (KJV) Keep therefore and do them; for this is your
wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall
hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise
and understanding people.
1 Kings 3:11-12 (KJV) And God said unto him, Because thou hast
asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither
hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine
enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;
 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given
thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like
thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
1 John 2:3 (KJV) And hereby we do know that we know him, if we
keep his commandments.
Deut. 31:7-8 (KJV) And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto
him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for
thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn
unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to inherit
it.  And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be
with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not,
neither be dismayed.
Joshua 1:6-9 (KJV) Be strong and of a good courage: for unto
this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I
sware unto their fathers to give them.  Only be thou strong and
very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the
law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the
right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou
goest.  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but
thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe
to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt
make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. 
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not
afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.
1 Chron. 28:20 (KJV) And David said to Solomon his son, Be
strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for
the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee,
nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the
service of the house of the Lord.
2 Chron. 20:20 (KJV) And they rose early in the morning, and
went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth,
Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of
Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established;
believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
Ephes. 6:10 (KJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord,
and in the power of his might.
2 Tim. 2:1 (KJV) Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace
that is in Christ Jesus.
James 2:8 (KJV) If ye fulfil the royal law according to the
scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
Galatians 6:2 (KJV) Bear ye one another's burdens, and so
fulfil the law of Christ.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
David made preparations for the temple Solomon was to build
(22:1-13). He assembled materials (vv. 14-19), organized tasks for the
Levites (23:1-32; 24:20-31) and serving priests (vv. 1-19), trained
musicians (25:1-31), assigned guards ("gatekeepers") (26:1-19), and
created other offices (vv. 20-32). David also reorganized the army
(27:1-34). Near the end David charged Israel's officials to accept Solomon
as king, and presented Solomon with detailed plans for the temple
(28:1-21). David and others gave generously to the temple project, and
David dedicated the gifts (29:1-20). David placed Solomon on his
throne (vv. 21-25) and died (vv. 26-30). [The 365-Day Devotional
God promises grace and strength on condition of obedience.
Then shalt thou prosper: Happiness, prosperity, and peace come
from an observance of the laws of the Lord. [SDA Commentary]
David learned that it takes total dedication to please God -
obeying with "every fiber of your being" (22:19). This requires both
right decisions (good judgment), and right attitudes (strength,
courage, and enthusiasm). It isn't enough just to understand what God
wants; your heart must be totally dedicated to him. Jesus said,
:Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is
not fit for the Kingdom of God" (Luk.9:62). Remove the distractions
that pull you away from God, and serve him wholeheartedly. [Life
"Devote your heart and your soul to seeking the LORD your God" 1
Chron. 22:1-19. David reminded Solomon of the promises God made to him,
and exhorted his son to build the temple. But David was most
concerned about Solomon's personal rather than public commitment to God.
Solomon had to be devoted to the LORD and obedient, or his
accomplishments would be meaningless. The splendor of the temple Solomon was to
construct, the activity of the Levites and priests carrying out their
duties there, would all be empty if not motivated by love for the LORD.
[The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]