Today’s reading begins with Solomon building his palace and concludes with the sacrifices that Solomon offered up at the consecration of the temple.
David had been prevented from building a temple for the LORD because of the sheer amount of bloodshed that had come about because of his actions as a king. Although some of the acts committed by David were evil, a great deal of the bloodshed the occurred under his watch was the purposes of defending and expanding the kingdom of Israel.
David had made provision for a temple for the LORD prior to his death, but the task came to Solomon to make a place of worship to the LORD that was suitable and honored his greatness and holiness. The temple took seven years to build and the amount of wealth, time, and effort that was placed into its construction was staggering.
Obviously, I’m quite partial to the Word of God. There’s a reason that I read the Bible and one of those primary reasons is because I love Him and want to know more about him. So this is obviously coming from a biased point of view, but Solomon’s prayer of dedication of the temple of the LORD is magnificent. I truly love it. In this prayer, Solomon gives glory to God for all of his great works; honoring Him for his mercies to the Israelites. In addition to honoring the LORD with his prayer, Solomon also asks of the LORD a great number of items. The point behind each of them is that Solomon knows that the people of Israel will stray and that it will only be by God’s grace that the nation will be sustained.
Solomon’s final plea to the LORD is this: “Let your eyes be open to the plea of your servant and to the plea of your people Israel, giving ear to them whenever they call to you. For you separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be your heritage, as you declared through Moses your servant, when you brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.” 2 Chronicles 8:52-53 (ESV)
May God’s eyes and ears always be open to our pleas when we call upon Him.