1 CHRONICLES 29
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16 O Yahweh our Elohim, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.

THERE are moments in every spiritual man's life when gratitude yearns for special vent of utterance--times when he feels strongly what David said on a certain occasion, "I will not offer unto the Lord my God that which hath cost me nothing".

Words in a sense cost him nothing: he longs to do something more than offer praise. It is not that he supposes God can be enriched by anything he can give, or that he can put God under obligation, or that he can establish a claim to His favour by anything he can do: for such a man earnestly recognizes above all things what David also said when he handed over incom-putable treasure of gold and silver to the divine service: "All things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee .... All this store that we have prepared... cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own".

Yet he feels an intensity of gratitude that can only find satisfactory expression in deeds of self-deprivation--above and beyond the freewill and thank offerings of sacrifice provided for in the routine service of the tabernacle.

The Law of Moses Ch 31