Day 133: The King of kings (2 Chronicles 6-8)

Posted: August 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. Now he had made a bronze platform, five cubits long, five cubits wide and three cubits high, and had placed it in the center of the outer court. He stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. He said: ‘O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today. “Now LORD, God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail to have a man to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your sons are careful in all they do to walk before me according to my law, as you have done.’ And now, O LORD, God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David come true. – 2 Chronicles 6:12-17

From a human’s point of view, King Solomon had every right to be proud. He was rich beyond measure. He was at the top of his game. He was the wisest man in the world. Simply put, he had it all. If you were put in that position, how would you act? We many powerful people in this world today that love the attention, the fame, the glamour and the recognition. They love the fact that everyone is talking about them.

If Solomon ever had a time to feel this way, it was after completing work on the temple, his greatest achievement. Everything was set, the time was now, and Solomon had gathered thousands to witness the dedication. It was time for him to address the nation, and as he took his place on the stand, he prepared to speak, silenced the crowd, and did something kings don’t normally do.

He knelt.

You see, in ancient times, it was considered rare for king to kneel before anybody. It was considered in those days to be a sign of weakness. But in this case, Solomon’s attitude was the right one. In front of everybody and with no shame, he knelt down and lifted his head and hands before his Savior in offering his prayer. It was an awesome display of humility, and no doubt an inspiring one for his people.

How much more then, should we humble ourselves before the LORD? Solomon, one of the greatest kings of all time, humbled himself before God. What is the example being set for us? There is no king higher than the King of kings!


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