“But who am I?
What is my people?
How are we able to make this free will offering?
All things come from you.
Of your own have we given you
We are aliens and transients before you.
As were all our ancestors.
Our days on the earth are like a shadow.
There is no hope.
O Yahweh, our God,
All this abundance that we have provided for building you a house
For your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.
I know, my God, that you search the heart.
You take pleasure in uprightness.
In the uprightness of my heart,
I have freely offered all these things,
Now I have seen your people,
Who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.
O Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our ancestors,
Keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people.
Direct their hearts toward you.
Grant to Solomon my son
That with single mind,
He may keep your commandments, your decrees, and your statutes, Performing all of them,
That he may build the temple for which I have made provision.”
Once again, this is a beautiful prayer attributed to King David. It is no wonder that there is such great reverence for him. He prayed for the successful undertaking of the temple by his son Solomon. David, as always was humble. He asked who he and his people are that they should have such richness. Everything that they give in all these wonderful free will donations actually comes from Yahweh. He reminded everyone that we are all transients and aliens in our lifetime. We would have no hope without Yahweh. Only in the uprightness of Yahweh is there pleasure. Yahweh, as the God of our ancestors, should help us now as we try to build this temple. King David wants God to help his son, not only build the temple, but keep all the commandments of Yahweh. Hopefully, he will build the temple with the all these provisions here.