David Motivates Solomon to Build The Temple

One Sunday evening, David Livingstone sat in the Aberdeen Music Hall listening to a service lead by the London Missionary Society. When the service was over, Livingstone looked wistfully after the team as they filed out the door. The look on his face attracted the attention of a … More


David gives Solomon the reason why he should build the temple (vv. 11-13). He prays for Solomon that the Lord will keep his promise to help him build a temple (v. 11). He also asks the Lord to give Solomon wisdom and knowledge so he can rule Israel according to His law (v. 12). He knows that if he keeps the laws of Moses he will be successful (v.13). Nothing is more powerful to engage us in any service for God, than to know that we are appointed by Him. Because he has leisure and opportunity to do it he should have peace and quietness. Where God gives rest, he expects work. Because God had promised to establish his kingdom God’s gracious promises should quicken and strengthen our religious service.

David delivered to Solomon an account of the vast preparations he had made for this building; not from pride and vain-glory, but to encourage Solomon to engage cheerfully in the great work (vv. 14-19. He told how he had all the supplies and the men to do the work (vv. 14-16). He tells Solomon that he has plenty of workers to do the job, so it is time to get started (v. 16). David then gives orders for the leaders to help Solomon (v. 17). He tells how God has helped him defeat all the people who had lived here and given peace from all the enemies. Now this land belongs to the Lord and his people (v. 18). A great reason for David to rejoice!


Have I ever had a desire to do something but never able to see it accomplished?  Then someone else came along and was able to do exactly what I wanted to do. How did I feel? Did I rejoice with them in what was happening? I need to rejoice in the success of others.    

I Chronicles 22:11-19 (English Standard Version)

""Now, my son, the LORD be with you, so that you may succeed in building the house of the LORD your God, as he has spoken concerning you. Only, may the LORD grant you discretion and understanding, that when he gives you charge over Israel you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will prosper if you are careful to observe the statutes and the rules that the LORD commanded Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Fear not; do not be dismayed. With great pains I have provided for the house of the LORD 100,000 talents of gold, a million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond weighing, for there is so much of it; timber and stone, too, I have provided. To these you must add. You have an abundance of workmen: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of craftsmen without number, skilled in working gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Arise and work! The LORD be with you!" David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, "Is not the LORD your God with you? And has he not given you peace on every side? For he has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the LORD and his people. Now set your mind and heart to seek the LORD your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the LORD."

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