from Lynda Lindsey
King David, telling his officials what God had spoken: He (God) said to me: Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father. I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time. I Chronicles 28:6-7
And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. I Chronicles 28:9
It is telling that King David not only gave Solomon plans and instructions for building the Temple, but that David first reminded Solomon of the importance of building on God’s foundational truths. David’s charge to Solomon included admonitions to carefully follow and obey all God’s commands, to acknowledge God, and to serve Him with a whole heart and with a willing mind.
King David exhorted Solomon to acknowledge God, which is to recognize God as Sovereign King with every right to rule absolutely, and that the kingship given into Solomon’s hands really belonged to God. The Lord is a heart-searcher and a mind-knower, and He thoroughly sifts through our heart and mind, exploring, probing. Nothing found there is hidden from Him. That would be fatal for us except that God allows us to find Him when we seek Him!
Solomon was asked to consider, to be aware of, his calling. He had been chosen for this assignment by God. Thus he would have God’s strength to accomplish God’s mission. David’s advice to Solomon: be strong, courageous, and do the work without fear or discouragement, “For the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.” (I Chronicles 28:20b)
And so it is with us. Our God is with us. He will not fail us. Our Sovereign King Jesus has called us. Acknowledge Him. Seek Him. Begin the work. Just be mindful to begin, and end, with unswerving love and faithfulness.