In reading through the books of Chronicles lately, I was encouraged once again by the account of the preparation, building, and dedication of Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. However, as I read through Solomon’s prayer of dedication, something struck me that I had not really noticed before. A thread, which began in the opening of his prayer and was actually woven all throughout.
The prayer of dedication begins in chapter 6 of 2 Chronicles. Different aspects of God’s character are marvelously revealed and affirmed in this prayer, such as God’s omniscience, transcendence, imminence, faithfulness, patience, and love. However, one particular aspect one of God’s attributes became overwhelmingly precious to me:
“Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. But the LORD said to David my father, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a house for my name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless, it is not you who shall build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’” – 2 Chronicles 6.7-9
Because God is omniscient, He knows everything actual and possible. But here, God acknowledges the thoughts of David’s heart and affirms his intentions! Using the tone of a loving father, it is almost as though God was patting David on the head and saying “I know that your heart was in the right place, my son.” Oh, what a precious affirmation!