Thoughts and Intentions of the Heart (Part #1)

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!

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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