1 Kings 3:9-10 (KJV) Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.
Harmony is one of the most beautiful parts of any relationship. Whether it is associated with music or within human relationships, what is remembered is how well each part flowed in the same direction as the others to accomplish the same objective. In our relationship with God, this is the ultimate goal to which we must attain: harmonizing with Him to accomplish His agenda in the Earth.
Understanding The Text
In today’s text, we are revisiting Solomon’s dream at Gibeon wherein God provides him with the opportunity to obtain anything he desired. The outcome was Solomon’s request for “an understanding heart to judge Thy (God’s) people, that he may discern between good and bad…” (1 Kgs. 3:8). As recorded in the following verse, God was pleased with Solomon’s request (v.10), but why?
God was pleased with Solomon’s request because it was aligned with God’s purpose and plan for the Nation of Israel. This harmonization was grounded in covenant language (If you will walk…If you will keep….If you will keep…then I will give you). There was an agreement. There was a singular vision and focus. There was one agenda. How would the king know what God’s agenda consisted of?
God’s agenda was found in the Mosaic law, which was summarized in the Book of Deuteronomy prior to Moses’ death. There were three key components that summarized what God required from His people: 1) to walk in His ways (in truth), 2) to keep His statutes (in righteousness), and 3) to keep His commandments (in uprightness of heart) (Deut. 10:12-13). These Kingdom principles and life lessons were to be passed on from generation to generation to preserve the covenant relationship between God and Israel (Deut. 4:5-9).
To “know” God’s wisdom, there must first be a reverential fear of God (Prov. 1:7). True reverence for Who God is leads one to continuously seek to “know” Him and what He desires. The Book of Proverbs teaches that if one would seek after knowledge, wisdom and understanding “as for a hid treasure”, then he shall “understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom: out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding” (Prov. 2:4-6). In other words, all Solomon would need to do is continuously give himself to internalizing the Mosaic law because God’s plan for success in his kingship is found in Deut. 17:14-20.
When our lives align in harmony with God, we will be able to truly live in harmony with others.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because, like Solomon, we should desire to align our lives with God’s Word to create and preserve a harmonious relationship with God. Everything we need for successful Kingdom living is found within the Word of God. As we continue to align ourselves with God’s Word through our daily reading of and meditation on God’s Word, we begin to become transformed so that our thinking becomes aligned with God’s Word. If our thinking becomes aligned with God’s Word, then our daily actions will become aligned with God’s Word. We will begin “to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God” (Mic. 6:8). This will allow us to say, as Jesus taught in the Lord’s Prayer, “Your (God’s) Kingdom come, Your (God’s) will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven” (Mt. 6:10).
Living in harmony with God should be one of our life’s greatest aspirations. If we can align ourselves to live in harmony with God, then we will be able to live in harmony with others. Why? Because God’s Word instructs us on how to relate with God vertically, which then leads us to better understand how to relate to others horizontally (Jn. 15:1-17). This is how we live in harmony with God.