And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. (1 Chronicles 28:9)
And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD. (1Ch 28:20)
As fathers and parents, we have to ask ourselves a couple of questions.
Before we ask ourselves WHAT we are teaching our charges, we must ask ARE we teaching or just correcting. Below are some simple lessons that David is teaching his son Solomon.
Here might be a good outline for us to set as a model for a primer from which to train our children.
Know God (v9) – the God of thy father
Know Him – a particular God
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Eph 4:6)
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1Ti 2:5)
There is only one God. All others are then false! Let us be careful not to be silenced or soft on the onslaught of the multicultural and “coexist” mentality. Know THE ONE GOD.
Know Hin – a personal God – know thou the God
Our God, the one true God desires a personal relationship with us. Not just to be worshiped, but to make us sons and daughters.
Know Him – a parent’s God – the God of thy father
As parents, we need to teach about God by exhortation and example. Can our children say, “my parents have and know God”?
Serve God (vs9)
With a perfect heart
This means with a whole heart,
This means with a holy heart
This means with a sense and spirit of honor to serve God.
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Col_1:10
That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 1Th_2:12
With a willing mind
This teaches us to serve God as a pleasure, willingly and with pleasure.
Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not. (2Co 8:11-12)
Seek God (vs9)
Seek His likeness
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1Jn 3:1-3)
Seek His fellowship
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Php 3:8-10)
Seek His will
And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Mat 26:39)
Seek His glory
That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. (1Th 2:12)
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1Co 10:31)
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (2Co 1:20)
Stay with God (vs9)
And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. (1Ki 11:3-4)
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. (Heb 10:35-38)
Depend Upon God (vs20)
For strength (vs20)
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.(2Co 12:9-10)
For Courage (vs20)
And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD. (2Ch 15:8)
For a sound mind – not dismayed (vs20)
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2Ti 1:6-7)
To finish (vs20) – until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD
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