Resources: The first of God’s resources was the heart of King David. The Ark of God, the symbol of God’s presence and footstool; being in a tent was seen to be too humble in the sight of King David. Therefore, his heart desired to build a Temple worth its dwelling (2 Sam. 7:1-3).
The unreserved desire to build the Temple of the Lord and the joy of giving not only opened up the royal treasury but leaders of all tribes of Israel, the Commanders of thousands, hundreds and any who had precious stones and talents freely gave wholeheartedly to the Lord (1 Chron. 29:6-9).
Preparations: God, through King David, planned and estimated the palatial structure. It was not for man but for the Lord God. King David collected the required materials such as gold, silver, bronze, iron, onyx, precious stones and marbles (1 Chron. 28:1 1-19; 29:1-5).
God is with the King: Such unreserved desire of the King’s heart to fulfill God’s purpose was materially blessed by strengthening his power, defeat¬ing other nations. The loots and tributes collected from them by the King, not only were sufficient to meet the required materials but also enriched King David’s royal treasury (2 Samu. 8:6-14).
Donations: Voluntary donations were also welcomed that caused King David rejoiced greatly (1 Chron. 29:6-9). Those Kings who willingly gave donations for the Temple were blessed by God in return and those Kings who refused to give donations lost even their freedom because the Earth and everything in it are the Lord’s (Sam. 24:1).
Construction: God, through King Solomon, built the temple as per plan and estimates according to God’s prior approval. Employing a great numbers of labour forces, skilled workers, experienced architects including Huram-Abi of Tyre, completed the building within the period of seven years (1 Kings 6:37,38).
Indwelling of God: On the day of the inauguration, the glory of the Lord filled the temple (1 Kings 8:1 1): God promised the King by saying, “I have chosen and concentrated this temple so that my name may be there forever. My eye and my heart will always be there” (2Chron. 7:6).