“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work”
(1 Cornicles 28:9–10).
It was indeed an emotional moment. David, the warrior, songwriter, king, and father, was on his death bed. It’s never easy for anyone to face the last days of their lives on the earth with death waiting at the door. Often in those moments, many give up hope or just become silent, isolated, or numb. But not for David. He knew his days among the land of living were numbered and would soon be gathered to his fathers.
So, David does one last remarkable thing, he reflects on the past years that had shaped him, but then he looks ahead to the years that he could shape for the next generation. Then he draws out the essence of what truly matters in life that gives meaning and purpose to be a successful leader. This was indeed a critical moment for Solomon and even for David to share the profound truth from his own life. As we read the opening text, the foremost thing David wants his son, the future king, the leader to possess is to acknowledge, serve, seek the Lord and be strong to do the work the Lord has chosen for him.
What does he mean when David asks his son to acknowledge the “God of your father?” David’s emphasis on the “God of your father” highlights the deep-rooted relationship he had with his God and how everything about his life was the result of that steady connection. I want to mention three things that I feel explain David’s “God of your father”.
1. God of your father is the One who remembers you when the world forsakes you or forgets you: David very well recalled that some years ago how his family had forgotten about him when the prophet Samuel came to his home, but God remembered him and anointed him.
2. God of your father is the One who will stand with you when you face the giants (Goliaths) of your life: David remembers the day when he ran towards the giant and gained the victory for Israel because “God of his father” fought for him.
3. God of your father is the One whose faithfulness and promise extend to multiple generations: David also knows that the “God of your father” is the One who has promised to bless his future generation.
Questions to Ponder:
1. What does it mean to acknowledge God? How do I truly acknowledge him? How do I miss to acknowledge God?
2. How does serving God with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind look like?
- Lord help me to acknowledge you in my life.
- Lord teach me to serve you with wholehearted devotion.
- Lord help me to have a willing mind to serve.