"I Want You!"
If you're over 40, your first thought after reading that title might be that of Uncle Sam. You know the image I'm talking about. He's all dressed up in his patriotic red, white and blue. And, Uncle Sam has his bony right hand's index finger pointing straight at you.
That may have been your first thought. But after reading King David's prayer in 1 Chronicles 29, your thoughts and mine go much higher!
David was giving God praise in light of donating tons of money (literally) to build the Temple in Jerusalem. That's right. King David was thanking and praising God in heaven for the privilege of being generous toward Him - - and not the other way around.
Here's the reason why David's heart was so full of praise. He clearly realized that the Creator and Lord of heaven and earth had said countless times, "I want you!"
David realized it from the promise of a Savior which God first made to Adam and Eve. David realized it from the way He had rescued mankind from the waters of the great flood. David understood that God had graciously called Abraham to be the father of many nations. And how the Lord worked through Moses as a deliverer and prototype of Jesus. In each of these ways - and more - God was extending His righteous right hand and saying: "I want you!"
But there was another way, too. See it for yourself in this line from David's prayer in 1 Chronicles 29.
"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your hand."
This is what I see. God's ultimate, His supreme and unequalled Gift to us, is our Savior, Jesus. In Him, God shouts to us: "I want you!" But in many other ways - including the countless earthly blessings we enjoy - our heavenly Father whispers: I want you!" In both ways, we are His only focus.
May His exceeding grace and generosity with us always remind us of His love!