1 Kings 9 & 10: Are You Happy?
Verse of the Day: (10:8) Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
1. Hallow (9:1-28)
And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. (9:3)
God appeared to Solomon the second time, (the 1st time was when He asked Solomon what he desired) and told him that He had heard his prayer, and had hallowed His own house, and promised him and Israel that He shall be with them for all eternity. (1 Kings 3:5-15) Subsequently Israel fell apart, and the only time that she shall be restored to her glorious days is during the Millennium, which is right after the Rapture, and the 7 years Tribulation, when Christ shall return and reign in new Israel. Indeed, though man may fail yet God never fails and He shall keep His Word and promises forever. (2 Peter 3:9-18)
2. Happy (10:1-13)
Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice. (10:9)
Queen of Sheba was so overwhelmed by Solomon’s godly wisdom, and the beauty and splendour of God’s house and his palace, that she stood in awe and was speechless. What she saw surpassed what she had heard of him. However what impressed her most was that his people were happy with life because they had God’s Word through their king. Indeed, true happiness is when we have God and His Word, as our helper and hope, as only He can forgive our sins, and save our souls from eternal condemnation. (Psalms 146)
3. Heart (10:14-29)
And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart. (10:24)
Not only God put wisdom in Solomon’s heart but He also blessed him with abundance of gold that everything he had was made of gold, and silver became like stones. He also had 1,400 chariots, and 12,000 horsemen whom he stationed in the cities for chariots and palace and also an impressive navy to protect him and Israel. People from all over the world visited and presented him with gifts so that they could not only hear God’s Word through him but also admire the beauty of God’s house and his palace. He was living almost like heaven on earth until he succumbed to lust and pride. Indeed, to be happy with God is not only to hear His Word, but to fully trust and obey Him. (1 John 2:15-17)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I am happy always hearing and obeying Your Word.