Built On Costly Ground

S. O. A. P.

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2 Chronicles 3:1

Then Solomon began to build the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David. It was on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, the place provided by David.


Years before the building of the Lord’s Temple by Solomon, Solomon’s father David had sinned by having the “Fighting Men” of Israel counted. God sent a plague upon Israel and 70,000 people died. David begged the Lord to forgive him and built an altar on property that he had purchased from Araunah the Jebusite. Araunah tried to give his land to King David, but David said, “I won’t sacrifice to the Lord that which cost me nothing.” Now, years later, that very land was being used by his son Solomon to build the Temple for Almighty God.


No wonder David wrote during his lifetime, “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5, paraphrase). The very place David paid a costly price for to avenge the anger of the Lord became the very location that his son Solomon built the Temple unto God Almighty. Little did David know that the place he purchased to sacrifice for the atonement of his own SIN would be the place where all of Israel would one day have their sins atoned for. Often times your greatest joys in life come from events that were … “Built On Costly Ground.”


Dear Jesus,

Thank you that time after time You have turned my greatest sorrows into my greatest joys. I am blessed. Amen

Comments (3)

  • Jim Tapscott Reply

    This message resonated with me as I reflected on decisions & the consequences that resulted. I was laying in bed last night and was thinking about my life, my children s lives and the results of decisions we all have made over the years. None of us can change the results, we can only ask for GOD’s mercy & grace as we move forward. That hope & knowledge is what keeps me going! Thank you for this message.

    May 20, 2015 at 9:24 am
  • Shawn Reply

    What a timely word this morning! This is the blessed hope that one day all our toil and tears will be redeemed by Him and joy will be complete for all eternity. We must not weary in well doing, Gods word is sure, Hang on to it!

    May 20, 2015 at 10:48 am
  • Anna Johnson Reply

    Great Word Pastor Rich! I believe this is one of the biggest challenges in our Christian walk, to keep Jesus first in every area of our lives. I pray for God to help us focus, and to be reminded to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and everything else will flow out of that relationship.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Anna Johnson

    May 21, 2015 at 7:50 pm


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