Saturday, May 31, 2008

An Understanding Mind

May 31: 1 Kings 3-4, 2 Chronicles 1, & Psalm 72

3 Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
1 Kings 1:3-14

1 Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
2 May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!

18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!
Psalm 72:1-2 & 18-19

An Understanding Mind

What an opportunity! God appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, "Ask for whatever you wish and I will give it to you." If you were the newly crowned king, for what would you ask?

Solomon did not ask for riches, fame, or power; he simply asked for wisdom to rule his people righteously. Like David, Solomon displayed a great deal of humility.

7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.

Look around today--what are people seeking? They are seeking riches, honor, fame, and power. If God appeared to most people today offering anything they desired, what do you think they would say? Very few, if any, would ask for wisdom!

We know historically that God did, indeed, bless Solomon with great wisdom; he was also a prolific writer, like his father David. He wrote some of the Psalms and the books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon. His wisdom is definitely displayed in the book of Proverbs, what a wonderful application of the law of God, teaching us to live and walk according to the glory of God.

Psalm 72, which is part of today's reading, has been attributed to Solomon; it is obvious from the text that Solomon attributed all of the glory for his wisdom to God. Pray, today, that God will give you an understanding mind to face the duties for which you are responsible today.

18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
19 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!


God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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