David’s Charge to Solomon

Text: 1 Chronicles 28:9

Know God

  • Know the God of your father” – Solomon was blessed with a good spiritual foundation, but he needed to be the man after God’s heart that his father was (cf. Acts 13:22)
  • We cannot depend on the faith of our parents to save us (Ezekiel 18:20) – individual responsibility
  • How can we know God? … natural revelation (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1), verbal revelation (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Serve Him

  • Not enough to simply know about God or even to just believe in Him – even the demons do this (James 2:19)
  • Faith in God must be demonstrated by works (James 2:17-18, 21-22, 24, 26)
  • What we are to obey is found in the word of God (Matthew 28:20)
  • Serve Him with a whole heart – cannot divide our allegiance (Matthew 6:24; 22:37-38)
  • Serve Him with a willing mind – God will not force us; we must choose to obey (Acts 18:4; 2 Corinthians 5:11)

Accountability before God

  • We will all be judged by God (2 Corinthians 5:10)
  • His judgments are fair and right (Psalm 19:9)
  • We will not fool Him (Hebrews 4:12-13) – He understands even our intentions

Seek Him

  • God wants us to find Him, but He is not going to do all the work – expects us to seek
  • There is an inherent desire within man to seek for God (Acts 17:26-27)
  • He is not far from us – we can find Him (Matthew 7:7)

Do Not Forsake Him

  • We must choose between seeking God or forsaking Him
  • One can forsake God even if: his father is faithful (Ezekiel 18:20), he is one of God’s people (Hebrews 3:12-13; 4:11), or has an important position (Acts 10:34)
  • Solomon had all of those things, but he could still forsake God and be rejected – we can do the same today

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