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1 Kings 6 – 10
I am officially back, this will be my first “daily” post in two weeks. I have missed this so much, but God has not stopped working in my life or in yours. Part of that time was The Trip to Quimby and the rest was the 4th of July week which I spent with family far from access to a computer. We are now in our second 5 chapters of 1 Kings if you have missed out or need a refresher I encourage you to go back at least as far as Ruth’s Legacy.
All the preparations have been made and the time has come for the temple to be completed. Solomon turns to the King of Tyre to give him the cedars of Lebanon and as much gold as he would like. The temple is built in 7 years and Solomon’s own palace is completed in 13. God has fulfilled His promise to David that his son would sit on his throne and build the promised One Place for His Name. All the nations of the earth hear of the wisdom and greatness of Solomon because of what God has done for him. He is the wisest and the wealthiest King ever to have lived.
The Queen of Sheba comes to investigate in person this King she has heard so much about. She brings her gifts and her questions, nothing is too hard for Solomon to answer. The Queen is overwhelmed.
“Praise be to the LORD your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the LORD’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king, to maintain justice and righteousness.”
1 Kings 10:9
Even in all this Solomon acknowledges God at the dedication of the temple. He prays that God will have mercy and fulfill all His promises towards Israel and the house of David. Solomon understands that God is much greater than any earthly dwelling man might build. God is greater than any earthly king, even one with the wealth and wisdom of Solomon. For God formed this king in his mother’s womb and blessed him with every gift he now enjoys. No one gave these things to God, they are His and His alone for the giving and the taking away. Oh how rightly Solomon prays that are hearts would be drawn to Him, to walk in His ways, and uphold the laws He gave to His people in the days of Moses.
“Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave us through his servant Moses. May the LORD our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in all his ways and keep his commands, decrees, and regulations he gave our fathers… so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other. But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”
1 Kings 8:56-58,60-61
“as at this time”
Coming back from a missions trip these four words really struck me. It seems so easy to follow God when you’re on a trip to serve others in His name, or at a Bible camp, or a Christian concert, or even at church. As at this time we are surrounded by His fierce love in great evidence by the people around us and how He has empowered them to serve those around them as well. When you walk out of those places and those times in your life, the world really attacks. Things seem a lot darker than when you went in. My prayer is that we would hear and understand this prayer. We are not to just serve God in those times and places, but also in every time and place of our lives. He is The King eternally worthy of our praise, with splendor far above our imagining!