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.” v20
We’ve heard similar cries from Moses and Joshua and others (Deut 31, Joshua 1), and here David repeats the exhortation to his son Solomon.
Which kind of seems wierd in a way. What has Solomon to be afraid of? Through David, the Lord had conquered all the enemies of God and His people. There was peace. We know this, because Solomon’s reign is one of peace and prosperity (although seeded with brokenness).
So why would David exhort his son to not be afraid and dismayed?
It seems like the reason would definitely involve the task that Solomon had, to build God’s house. The temple.
I mean, think about it. You’ve got a dad like David, warrior-king-poet-muso like no other. You’ve endured some in-fighting with your half-siblings. And it’s peaceful, no more enemies to conquer, the land is ripe and dad has accumulated a fair bit of stuff.
And then the Lord God Almighty tasks you with building His house! 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’s be encouraged to be strong and full of courage.
In David’s words, “… be strong and do it.” v10