SOLOMON’S PRAYER

 

SOLOMON’S PRAYER

Leslie M. John

”And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took [it] from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” 2 Sameul 7:12-16

Solomon was the wisest king on this earth blessed by God to sit upon the throne to reign over the children of Israel after the death of his father David. He built a temple for the LORD to fulfill his father’s desire. After Solomon built the temple he stood on a brass platform of the size of five cubits long (that is 90 feet long – a cubit is equal to 18 inches), three cubits high (that is 54 feet high), and five cubits broad (that is 90 feet) before the altar of the Lord in the presence of the entire congregation of Israel and spread forth his hands toward heaven and prayed to the LORD. Consider Solomon’s humility of standing upon the platform and stretching forth hands before God and kneeling down before the LORD in the presence of the entire congregation of the children of Israel. Solomon honored God and in return God honored him and blessed him abundantly.

Then, Solomon knelt down upon his knees before the entire congregation of Israel and said in his prayer that there is no god like that of the LORD God of Israel either in the heaven or in the earth and acknowledged that the LORD keeps His covenant and shows mercy to His servants who obey the LORD. He praised God for keeping his father David and fulfilled his desire of building the temple for the LORD.

Solomon prayed to the LORD pleading to keep that which He promised to David that He will not fail to have a successor to his father to sit upon the throne of Israel if the descendants are careful in all their ways to do the will of God according to His law as David has obeyed. Now, therefore, Solomon pleads to fulfill the promise that God made to David.

Solomon quickly realizes that God is so big that heaven of heaven cannot contain Him and how much less the building that he built for the LORD will contain Him. He acknowledges greatness of the LORD.

Isaiah 66:1 says…

”Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?”

Notice God’s promise to David about Solomon that His mercy shall not depart from him and that his throne shall be established forever.

”But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took [it] from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever”. 2 Samuel 7:15-16