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How Can You Know God?
read in 1st Chronicles 28:9-10 “As for you my son Solomon, know
the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and a willing mind;
for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the
thoughts. If you seek Him, he
will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.
Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the
sanctuary; be strong and do it.”
is near the end of his life when he gives this great charge to his son
Solomon. There were many who had
positions of authority and responsibility in attendance. Princes, captains,
rulers, military heroes, and some commoners had assembled to hear King
David. He refers to them as
“my brethren” or “my people.” He
reminds them that it was originally his intention to build God’s house,
but God would not allow it due to his having been a man who fought many
battles and spilled much blood. You
can almost hear the pride in his voice as he tells the listeners that God is
allowing the responsibility for building the sanctuary to remain in his
Chronicles 28:6, “It is your son Solomon who shall build My house and My
courts; for I have chosen him to be My son and I will be his Father.”
Solomon’s kingdom was to be established forever, provided he was
faithful to the Lord!
begins this great charge by telling Solomon, “Know the God of your
father.” He knew if Solomon
was going to be able to do this great thing, that he must have a close
relationship with God! David is
not referring to “smarts” or “brains” as we might say.
Nor, what we might refer to as “head knowledge.”
No doubt Solomon already had that.
He means a deep, abiding relationship.
More than just an acquaintance. The
kind of relationship that endures by loving and serving God the Father.
Basically, what David is saying to his son is, “Let God have His
way with you; let Him lead you.”
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