1 Chronicles 29:14-17 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding. O LORD our God, 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. I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.
In this heartwarming prayer of David, he reveals to us some important truths. These truths remind us of the fact that it is not possible to give anything to God for the simple reason that God owns everything. David also reminds us that it is not possible to deceive God. God cannot be fooled. He cannot be deceived. The Lord knows exactly who is giving willingly out of true devotion to Him and who is giving just to be seen by others. The litmus test for what is considered true giving stems from a heart that wants to please God. The Lord Jesus is never as interested in the material substance we contribute as He is in our heart devotion and motive to Him, of which our offering is an expression. This brings to mind that passage in 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD lookethon the heart.” Selah