56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
57 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us:
58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.
1 Kings 8:56-58, KJV
1 Kings 8 gives us an extended Bible benediction covering six verses, the first three of which we will look at today. Notice the progression from verse 56 to verses 57 and 58. The Lord has given rest, the Lord is implored to remain with us, and our response (also brought about by the Lord) is to incline our hearts to him.
We know from the history of the Israelites, that they were not always known for their faithfulness to God, but it is interesting to note that they did realize that their rest from their enemies was the work of God. It is too bad that we have forgotten that lesson today.
As such, they plead in verse 57 that this same God would continue to be with them as He was with their fathers. How different would our world leaders act today if they truly believed that good would only come to them by the hand of God? Sadly, we live in a time when man has become his own god!
Notice the implication, then, in verse 58, where it says, That he may incline our hearts unto him. How do we walk in His ways and keep his commandments, statutes, and judgments? Only through the power and help He gives us can we even obey His commandments!
What a fitting benediction for our day. Our world leaders may not acknowledge these truths, but do we? That is where it must start. God works among His people, they teach His truths to their families, and as His people rub shoulders with others in their work and recreation, the Gospel is spread. So let us continue to faithfully spread the message, God is not dead, nor doth He sleep.
What an amazing God we have!
God Bless You,