Working our way out of the psalms – but not forever! We’ll come back to finish the rest later. For now, Solomon is coming into his reign. Please read Psalm 83, 1 Chronicles 29:23-25, 2 Chronicles 1:1, 1 Kings 2:13-46, 1 Kings 3:1-4, 2 Chronicles 1:2-6, 1 Kings 3:5-15, 2 Chronicles 1:7-13. What stands out to you today?
Wow – Solomon establishes himself in a mighty way. Remember Joab? Click back to day 111 for a reminder. He was instrumental to David in uniting the two kingdoms, but I wondered when he murdered those men (remember – some people were upset, some people were not upset, David let him live). I even thought that maybe it was different because it was wartime.
Remember when Adonijah rose up against Solomon? Click back to day 125 for a reminder. I loved Solomon’s merciful response – if Adonijah did the right thing, Solomon would let him live. (If it were me, I would have laid low after that). Of course, we are familiar with Solomon’s prayer for wisdom:
“ ‘And now here I am: God, my God, you have made me, your servant, ruler of the kingdom in place of David my father. I’m too young for this, a mere child! I don’t know the ropes, hardly know the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of this job. And here I am, set down in the middle of the people you’ve chosen, a great people—far too many to ever count. Here’s what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?’
God, the Master, was delighted with Solomon’s response. And God said to him, “Because you have asked for this and haven’t grasped after a long life, or riches, or the doom of your enemies, but you have asked for the ability to lead and govern well, I’ll give you what you’ve asked for—I’m giving you a wise and mature heart’ ” (1 Kings 3:7-8 MSG)
God does give wisdom liberally when we ask for it!