Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel, while all the assembly of Israel stood. And he said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who with his hand has fulfilled what he promised with his mouth to David my father, saying, ‘Since the day that I brought my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel in which to build a house, that my name might be there. But I chose David to be over my people Israel.’ 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, you shall not build the house, but your son who shall be born to you shall build the house for my name.’ Now the LORD has fulfilled his promise that he made. For I have risen in the place of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and I have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. And there I have provided a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the LORD that he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.”
—1 Kings 8:14-21
by: Trisha Gerstel.
After the Ark had been brought into the Holiest Place in the newly completed Temple of the Lord, King Solomon addressed the people of Israel and reminded them of the history of the plans to build a temple, which his father, David, had dreamed of but was prevented by God from carrying out. By doing this, Solomon reminded the people of God’s sovereignty. This practice should be a part of our lives as well: We should make regular efforts to share with others the words of God, the plans of God, and the activities of God, both from the stories of the Bible and from our own lives’ stories. By doing this, we will remind the people of God’s sovereignty.