1 Chronicles 29:10-22 (Part 1) – Everything Else is Dust in the Wind!

Posted: June 25, 2020 in 13-1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles 29:10-22 (Part 1 of 2)

David Crowns Solomon as King

Opening Illustration/Comments

When I read today’s passage, my first and immediate thought was to file/retrieve from my memory banks of the music of my youth. This one comes from the progressive album rock band, Kansas, and it comes from the album, Point of Know Return. The song is “Dust in the Wind”. A meditation on mortality and the inevitability of death, the lyrical theme bears a striking resemblance to the well-known biblical passages Genesis 3:19 (“…for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”) and Ecclesiastes 3:20 (All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.). The lyrics of the song go like this:

I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone

All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity

Dust in the wind

All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea

All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind

All we are is dust in the wind

Oh, ho, ho

Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky

It slips away

And all your money won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind

All we are is dust in the wind

All we are is dust in the wind

Dust in the wind

Everything is dust in the wind

Everything is dust in the wind

The wind

For all the things that we try to make important in this life, ultimately, they come to nothing on the other side of eternity. Further, you may fondly remember your grandparents and what they stood for and how they lived. You might even slightly remember your great grandparents, but, think about it, within 4 generations after your life is complete, no one, even in your family, remembers anything about you except as a placeholder in a genealogical tree. There may be family letters that tell of your life, but with each passing generation, no one personally remembers you. After 5 generations, people in your own family may not even talk of you at all. Nothing that we have gathered. Nothing that we have done will be part of the context of future generations lives. Everything here on earth that we do comes to nothing. It is dust in the wind. Just think of how many houses actually make it through more than 4 generations.

Thus, what is the point of life if all of what we do here comes to nothing, not even a memory, within 4 or 5 generations? f one were to examine all of the lyrics of the song, he or she would find them to be both cynical and depressing. They smell of death. Yet one can see that the writer of the lyrics of the song is intelligent, indeed penetrating. And the music the tune is well written and makes these sad lyrics palatable. Kerry Livgren, the band’s lead singer and writer of the song, is just one of the brilliant minds of his times whose words were put to music. But for all his brilliance, we are confronted with a feeling of emptiness. All of these sones are no more than sweet nothings which in the long run makes for an empty bitterness.

That’s the idea to contend with this morning. That idea of the point of our existence in this temporal world is what we shall consider as we read 1 Chronicles 29:10-22:

Scripture Passage

10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly:

“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel,[a] may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.

13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! 15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.

16 “O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! 17 I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.

18 “O Lord, the God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes. 19 Give my son Solomon the wholehearted desire to obey all your commands, laws, and decrees, and to do everything necessary to build this Temple, for which I have made these preparations.”

20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Give praise to the Lord your God!” And the entire assembly praised the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and they bowed low and knelt before the Lord and the king.

Solomon Named as King

21 The next day they brought 1,000 bulls, 1,000 rams, and 1,000 male lambs as burnt offerings to the Lord. They also brought liquid offerings and many other sacrifices on behalf of all Israel. 22 They feasted and drank in the Lord’s presence with great joy that day.

And again they crowned David’s son Solomon as their new king. They anointed him before the Lord as their leader, and they anointed Zadok as priest.

Passage Analysis

In this passage, we see that David contrasts God’s everlasting nature with the fleeting earthly existence of His people. Nothing lasts unless it is rooted in God’s unchanging character. If even our most impressive deeds and/or accomplishments, then, where should we place our confidence? Only in a relationship with God can we find anything permanent. His love never fades or fails, and nothing can take it away.

Life Application

The right conclusion that purpose is found in God, not the empty god of relativism, not a projected transcendence by the mind of man. Rather purpose has to truly come down from above. It has to be revealed by God. In a world that measures itself by the toys we collect and the money we have in the bank, none of that really matters in the end. We and the things we do and what we gather are turn to dust and we are forgotten here on earth. Then, the only anchor that we have is doing what is pleasing to the Eternal One, the Only True God. The only anchor that we have is pleasing Him. The only way to Him is through His Son, Jesus Christ. All else is meaningless and dust in the wind. What is your god? Is it your job? It won’t last, even your lifetime. Is it your spouse? He or she, too, will die. Is it your house? You can’t take it with you when you die and guess what? Within 3 or 4 generations, the house will be bulldozed most likely. Is it your toys? They will often have to be replaced multiple times with age and changes in your taste. All these things are temporal. When you cross over into your eternal destination, heaven or hell, none of it goes with you. Only thing then is our judgment? Did you believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died for your sins? Did you accept His free gift of salvation to be your Savior and Lord? That, my friends, is the only thing that ultimately really matters in eternity. That one question. That’s what matters. Everything else is dust in the wind.

Amen and Amen.

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