…Psalm 97: The Lord’s Second Warning to Solomon

  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
nor sworn deceitfully.   He shall receive blessing from the Lord…   Psalm 24: 4-5

Solomon's ChairWill Solomon’s accumulating wealth, success, and prestige interfere with his God-given discernment?  Worldly success too often leads to a lessening of one’s faithfulness and relationship with God.  This will be the case in time with Solomon.  God appeared to Solomon a second time.  (1 Kings 9:1-7,  2 Chronicles 7:21 – 22)  There is a sound of warning for Solomon.  The Lord warned Solomon that if he was to continue to enjoy divine blessings, he would need to be faithful to the Lord and His righteous standards.
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.1 Kings 9:1-7   It came to pass, when Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and the king’s house, and all that Solomon had desired to do, that the Lord appeared to Solomon a second time.  And the Lord said to him:

“I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. Now, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, keeping My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever… ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’

But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight.

2 Chronicles 7:21 – 22   “And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and this house?’ Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all of this calamity on them.’ ”

This time the Lord’s words have a much harsher tone.  Failing to keep the Lords commands would not only allow Solomon and his family to suffer, but all of Israel would suffer with him. Serving and worshiping after other gods will bring ruin and disaster on both the Lord’s temple and the existence of the nation. Where there is genuine trust in the Lord and it is exercised in total commitment, “The Lord will guide the believer along life’s paths in spite of difficulties and hindrances.”   Solomon was warned to lead the people in obedient faith to the God of Israel if they were to receive the full provisions of the Davidic Covenant. 

Because of one’s man’s sin, many will suffer.  Should he do so…  God would abandon both the temple and the people among whom he had chosen to dwell.  Will Solomon use the God-given wisdom that had been given to him for the greater kingdom?  Or will the greater part of his success turn inward…

PSALM 97

A Song of Praise to the Sovereign Lord
1     The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice–
       let the multitudes along the coasts of  the land be glad!
2     Clouds and darkness surround Him, righteousness and justice
     are the foundation of His throne.
3    A fire goes before Him, and burns up His enemies round about.
4    His lightnings light the world, the earth sees and trembles.
5     The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,
      at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
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6    The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.
7    Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, who boast of idols.
     Worship Him! All you gods.
8     Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice–
     Because of Your judgments, O Lord.
9     For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth, You are exalted far above all gods.
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10   You who love the Lord, hate evil!
     He preserves the souls of His saints, He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked.
11    Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
12   Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.

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