Applications from 1 Kings
The Story: 1 Kings 8
Here in chapter 8 we have Solomon having the “grand opening” for the new temple. This chapter is composed of three distinct sections:
- Bringing the ark and tabernacle together into the temple, and Solomon’s message on that occasion.
- The prayer of dedication by Solomon.
- The blessing of the congregation followed by their sacrifices.
As you think on this passage put yourself in the mindset of great fanfare and a big “to-do”.
Solomon’s Prayer of Dedication Part III, 1 Kings 8:44-53
To give Israel victory in battle (1 Kings 8:44–45)
Are you praying for victory in your spiritual battles? Please don’t try to win them alone. Sometimes I feel God is tired of hearing me ask. Other times I feel so prepared that I think I can take the battle myself. Don’t try to win alone, pray for victory.
To have mercy and forgiveness during captivity (1 Kings 8:46–51)
Solomon sets the tone for times to come. Lord, we are going to sin and you will have to Judge us. Please have mercy and grant forgiveness.
To answer both the king and his people (1 Kings 8:52–53)
Solomon completes his prayer and stands to bless the people. Oh what a moving scene it must have been. They are in the newly constructed temple, with a united nation gathered, the cloud of God’s presence is filling the house, and peace on every border. The King looks back on the long road from Sinai and the wilderness and summed up the entire history of Israel in one sentence…
1 Kings 8:56, “Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.”
Pastor Chanc Strickland
HARPETH BAPTIST CHURCH
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082