“O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own” (v16). As King David and the people collected and gave resources for the building of the Temple, they were overwhelmed with a sense of thanksgiving. They realized that their own generosity was a sign of God’s abundance; He made it possible for them to give (v14). They were “strangers … and sojourners” (v15) on the earth, yet God had blessed them so much they were able to give back to Him.
Secure in God’s care and convinced of His generosity to us, we can give “willingly … with a whole heart” (v9).