Watch and Praye

Daily God Walk for Friday, November 18, 2011

 When Solomon had finished all these prayers… He stood and blessed the whole assembly of Israel in a loud voice, saying, “Praise be to the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. – 1 Kings 8:54-56

 It was a glorious day for Israel. The temple Solomon built for the Lord had been completed. The Ark of the Covenant had been put in its’ place in the Holy of Holies. Finally, centuries after Israel left Egypt, they had a magnificent home for their God.

The priests had brought the Ark of the Covenant from the old Tent of Meeting, the Tabernacle. Every step they took toward the Temple was marked by the offering of another sheep or bullock in sacrifice. On that day they offered so many sacrifices that they could not keep track of them all (1 Kings 8:5).

Not only were the people moved by the day, but so was God. Verses 10-11 read, “When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord. And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.”

After he had blessed the people and praised God, “Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven and [prayed]” (v22). This prayer is one of the most moving prayers in the Bible because he not only asks God to remember his promises but he also asks him to forgive the people when they have failed and turned back to him in repentance.

When he had finished praying Solomon stood before the people and said, “Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses. May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our fathers; may he never leave us nor forsake us. May he turn our hearts to him , to walk in all his ways and to keep the commands, decrees and regulations he gave our fathers” (v56-58).

 Prayer: Lord, Give us a heart of thankfulness that we might, in our finest hour, give unqualified praise to you. Amen.

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