In a solemn sacred assembly of God’s people, David invests Solomon with the charge to build the Temple of the Lord. This was to be the great work of his life. The New Testament shows us that the Temple of the Lord that we are to be builders of is the Church. It’s a temple built of living stones! Jesus’ great commission was just such a solemn investiture of us disciples.
“Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the LORD God, even my God, is with you.”
We have heard similar cries from Moses (Deuteronomy 31) and Joshua (Joshua 1) and others, and here David repeats the exhortation to his son Solomon.
By the Lord’s mighty hand David had conquered the enemies of God and His people. There was peace.
Solomon’s reign is one of peace and prosperity.
So why would David exhort his son to not be afraid or dismayed?
It seems like one big reason is the task Solomon was given – To build God’s house, the temple.
That the Lord God Almighty tasks you with building His house is a big deal – This is the place where He will dwell!
Sometimes we can be afraid, dismayed, stressed or worried about what the Lord calls us to do.
These words ring true for us as they did for Solomon.
Let us be strong and do whatever the Lord sets our hands to do.
* God Above,
Thank You for the encouragement to be strong and courageous that we read throughout Your word.
Thank You that You do equip us and strengthen us to do this – We can be strong in Your strength, and we can be courageous by our trust in Your sovereignty.
Thank You Lord!