Today you should read: 1 Chronicles 22
Then Solomon said, “You have shown great loving-kindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great loving-kindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
~ Solomon (1 Kings 1:3:6-9)
Above is the prayer of Solomon when he took over the throne of his father David. Solomon was believed to have been in his teenage years when he took over the throne. Often we focus in on how wise and humble this prayer was of Solomon especially at such a young age. To that I would say yes it is amazing. There is no way I would have prayed for wisdom at that age. I would have asked God to bless my kingdom and make my army strong and stuff like that. However, something that isn’t discussed as much is how Solomon was smart enough to ask God for wisdom?
That brings us to our passage today. Look at verses 6-16, David gives Solomon the charge to build the temple. Now I think there are some very important principles to pull from today’s passage.