Today, we are continuing our up close and personal look at 2 Chronicles 7:14. Due to the loss of life in and around the country, it appears as if many are willing to participate in 2C714 type prayer vigils. Amen!
But, like I said yesterday, when the Lord spoke those words to Solomon, it was after Solomon had dedicated the temple to the Lord in prayer and in deed. What we need to understand is Solomon was already in constant conversation with the Lord.
Remember, Solomon is the son of David.
Remember, Solomon asked God for wisdom.
But the part that is always left out in conversations is what did Solomon want the wisdom for?
Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours? 2 Chronicles 1:10
The first nine chapters of 2 Chronicles are more or less all about Solomon, his relationship with the Lord and his work of building. In chapter 8 of 2 Chronicles, the word build is used seven times in some shape or fashion in reference to Solomon.
Solomon sought the face of the Lord and the Lord spoke directly to him.
With all that said, we must earnestly seek the face of the Lord.
It was not a one time occasion for Solomon and it can not be a one time occasion for us.
Solomon Builds the Temple.
The Ark is brought to the temple
Solomon Praises the Lord
And it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord,
“For he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever,”
the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 (ESV)
This was praise at its finest in the old testament!
And praise at it’s finest in the new testament can be found in The Book of Revelation!
A kingdom of priest to our God.
So, know we must be considerate, careful and concise when we pray to Almighty God. For He and He alone answers prayers of His people.
Look for me later today on The Good News Sunday Show and hopefully the Lord will allow me to elaborate on this subject all the more.