…Psalm 112: From David to Solomon

Solomon 5

1 Kings Chapter 1,   King David has “weakened” in his old age and has been some time in his bed chamber– we are told he is lying in his bed oblivious to what is going on outside.  A young virgin has been found to stay with him and care for all his needs.  Unaware to David, his oldest son Adonijah has taken upon himself to be the next king.  Adonijah has gained the support of Joab and Abiathar, the priest.  Nathan also was aware of what Adonijah was up to and how he carefully avoided those who were loyal to David.  Nathan warned Bathsheba that if she did not use her influence on David, she and her son would soon be in danger.  At Nathan’s prompting, Bathsheba went to David and told him what was going on. She reminded the king of his promise that her son, Solomon, would be Israel’s next king.

Bathsheba leaves the king’s presence when Nathan comes in to tell David the same story, that Adonijah is seeking to seize the throne. He informs David there is a celebration victory already taking place. David calls again for Bathsheba and  summons Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and gives instructions that they are to immediately crown Solomon as Israel’s king at David’s request.

With strength regained, the next day he goes before the people to praise God and offers sacrifices.

David’s Praise to God   1 Chronicles 29:10-20
10 David blessed the Lord before all the assembly and said:
     “Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
11  Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty.
     For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours–
     Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.
12  Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all.
     In Your hand is power and might;
       In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
13   “Now therefore, our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name..
        Our days on earth are as a shadow…
16 “O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own. 17 I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness.  As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. 18 O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You. 19 And give my son Solomon a loyal heart to keep Your commandments and Your testimonies and Your statutes, to do all these things, and to build the temple for which I have made provision.”
20 Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless the Lord your God.” So all the assembly blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before the Lord and the king.

Solomon Anointed King   2 Chronicles 29:21-25

21 And they made sacrifices to the Lord and offered burnt offerings to the Lord on the next day: a thousand bulls, a thousand rams, a thousand lambs, with their drink offerings, and sacrifices in abundance for all Israel. 22 So they ate and drank before the Lord with great gladness on that day. And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and anointed him before the Lord to be the leader, and Zadok to be priest. 23 Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him. 24 All the leaders and the mighty men, and also all the sons of King David, submitted themselves to King Solomon. 25 So the Lord exalted Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed on him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel.

 PSALM 112  The Blessed State of the Righteous
1     Praise the Lord!   Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
     Who delights greatly in His commandments.
2     His descendants will be mighty on earth, the generation of the upright will be blessed.
3   Wealth and riches will be in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
4    Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness.
     He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5     A good man deals graciously and lends, he will guide his affairs with discretion.
6     Surely he will never be shaken– 
    The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.
7     He will not be afraid of evil tidings, his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8     His heart is established, he will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
9     He has dispersed abroad, he has given to the poor–
     His righteousness endures forever, his horn will be exalted with honor.
10     The wicked will see it and be grieved–
     He will gnash his teeth and melt away, the desire of the wicked shall perish.