...Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him...
(From part of v31b.)When we're in trouble, we should cry out to the Lord, and He will help us.
But sought to the [LORD] God of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and honour in abundance.There was this king Jehoshaphat in Judah, who sought the Lord. That means, for example, if you loose something, and try to find it, you seek it.
This king didn't seek an idol, but he sought the Lord instead. The Lord gave him all kinds of great rewards because of that.
There will be a Great Reward For Seeking the Lord.
And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.We shouldn't rely on other people, or other things instead of relying on the Lord.
We should Seek the Lord First.
And all Judah rejoiced at the oath:They "...sought Him with their whole desire..."
for they had sworn with all their heart,
and sought him with their whole desire;
and he was found of them:
and the LORD gave them rest round about.
We should seek the Lord With Our Whole Desire.
Also remember Psalm 27:4.
And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said,Yesterday I talked about how relying on the Lord shows believing in Him. Resting on the Lord also shows believing.
LORD, [it is] nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power:
help us, O LORD our God;
for we rest on thee,
and in thy name we go against this multitude.
O LORD, thou [art] our God;
let not man prevail against thee.
When they relied on the Lord, "...they cried unto the Lord..." (From part of 2 Chronicles 13:14.) When king Asa rested on the Lord, he "...cried unto the Lord..." (From part of 2 Chronicles 14:11a.) We should apply our faith in prayer.
If we believe in the Lord, we should Rest on the Lord.
Some of my friends and I are in "Release Ministries". We've been telling detainees at a place that's like a jail, about Jesus.
Every Friday, release ministries sends a prayer request email. The email is long, but you wouldn't have to read the whole thing. It includes a short list of prayer requests from "unit 8". Unit 8 is the place where some of my friends and I have been going.
If you would like to get the prayer request email, there are 2 steps.
You can also view the latest prayer request letter online.
Please do pray for us. The Bible teaches us that we should continue in prayers and supplications night and day. Thank you.
We know that if we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, we will be saved from the lake of fire. But what does it mean to believe on Him?
One time, Israel split into 2 countries, Israel, and Judah. There was a war between the 2 countries. Listen to 1 thing that happened.
Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the LORD God of their fathers.It says "...they relied upon the LORD God..." Jesus must be the 1 we rely on to give us everlasting life. We must not rely on ourselves, or anybody else, or anything else, to save us.
Once we've been converted from going to the terrible place, to going to heaven, we need to keep on believing.
If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, 1 thing that means is that you can Rely on the Lord.
And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.I'll make the first thing I think about when I get up in the morning, and the last thing I think about when I go to bed at night, a Bible verse.
Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.It was a good thing "They obeyed the Words of the Lord".
When the Bible teaches us to do or not do something, we should Obey the Words of the Lord.
And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.I know I've said this before, but we should speak to people this way.
And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.God had put wisdom in Solomon's heart. The wisdom was so great that all the kings of the earth looked for being with Solomon, to hear his wisdom. God had put it there.
The Lord is able to give us wisdom. Have faith, and ask the Lord for it.
And they departed not from the commandment of the king unto the priests and Levites concerning any matter, or concerning the treasures.We shouldn't go away from what the Lord, our King, tells us to do.
We shouldn't disobey about anything, Concerning Any Matter.
If my people, which are called by my name, shallThe Lord hears prayer, forgives sin, and heals.
humble themselves, and
seek my face, and
turn from their wicked ways; then will I
hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin, and will
heal their land.
We must Turn From Wicked Ways.
...The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
But I have built an house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling for ever.(From part of v1-2.)
But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!
That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer... toward this place.
Hearken therefore unto the supplications... toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, [even] from heaven...(From part of v18-21.)
...the LORD God of Israel, who hath with his hands fulfilled [that] which he spake with his mouth...(From part of v4.)
The LORD therefore hath performed his word that he hath spoken... as the LORD promised...(From part of v10.)
[there is] no God like thee in the heaven, nor in the earth; which keepest covenant...
Thou which hast kept... that which thou hast promised... and spakest with thy mouth, and hast fulfilled [it] with thine hand, as [it is] this day.
...keep... that which thou hast promised...
...let thy word be verified, which thou hast spoken unto thy servant...(From part of v14-17.)
v20-21 show how we can be forgiven, and the Lord can answer prayer. That's only through Jesus.
v24-27 shows that something has to go between the sinful people and the Holy God, to intercede. It must be the thing that God chooses and puts His name on. Jesus intercedes for us.
v29,33,38,40 Show how prayer had to be in the house, toward it, or in the place. We can only come to God through Jesus, and we can only come through Jesus' name.Revelation 21:22 says this about the holy city:
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee...(v19.)
And if thy people Israel be put to the worse before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall return and confess thy name, and pray...(From part of v24)
When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; [yet] if they... turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them...(From part of v26.)
The encouragement today, is to be zealous to repent. Hunt down all those sins which to easily beset you, and be merciless with them. Contact the people you need to contact. Apologize. Be reconciled. Make sure. Turn with all your heart and all your soul.
If they sin against thee, (for [there is] no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before [their] enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near;
Yet [if] they bethink themselves... and turn and pray... saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;
If they return to thee with all their heart and with all their soul...
Then hear thou... and forgive thy people which have sinned against thee.(From part of v36-29.)
It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers [were] as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up [their] voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, [saying], For [he is] good; for his mercy [endureth] for ever: that [then] the house was filled with a cloud, [even] the house of the LORD;We should lift up our voice and sing. We should sing together like 1 person, to make people hear 1 sound.
I've been getting ready to sing gospel hymns together with other people. I've been preparing sing loudly, and to sing just the melody.
Sing, and Sing With 1 Voice.
v17 talks about 2 pillars set up in the temple.
These 2 pillars have names!
1 of the pillars is called "Boaz".
That word has to do with strength.
We should be strong, and serve the Lord with all our strength. The Lord gives strength to His people.
Part of v14:
...skilful to work... and to find out every device which shall be put to him...I should be skillful to figure out every kind of "device" on which I have to work.
I should Be "Skillful to Work".
...Because this was in thine heart...What do you ask the Lord to give you for yourself? It's OK to ask for something for yourself, just what are you asking for it for?
I knew the story of Solomon asking for wisdom, but I struck by hearing this. He didn't just ask for wisdom and knowledge. Asking for it was in his heart.
The desires of our hearts should be to please the Lord. What is In Your Heart?
Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God...(From part of v2a.)
I noticed the "with all my might" part. We should Love the Lord with all our strength.
Build the Lord's people.
Be strong, and do it.
And thou, Solomon my son,
know thou the God of thy father, and
serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind:
for the LORD searcheth all hearts,
and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts:
if thou seek him, he will be found of thee;
but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
...stood up upon his feet, and said, Hear me...Standing on a street corner, in a crowded place... Shout out the gospel!
...Be strong and of good courage, and do [it]: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, [even] my God, [will be] with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
These [were] the orderings of them in their service to come into the house of the LORD, according to their manner, under Aaron their father, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him.We're each supposed to serve the Lord, and His people, in 1 sort of manner or another.
No matter how I get a chance to serve the Lord, I'll do what I can.
Later, v30 says:
And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even;All the time, we should thank and praise the Lord.
...be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.(From part of v13b.)
There are times when things get very discouraging. We can encourage ourselves in the Lord.
Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God...(From part of v19a.)
Stay very determined to completely seek the Lord.
...Arise [therefore], and be doing...(From part of v16b.)
Don't just sit around lazily.
...in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD...(From part of v14a.)
Even when we have a hard time, we can serve the Lord. He'll do great things through us.
...the house [that is] to be builded for the LORD [must be] exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will [therefore] now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly...(From part of v5b.)
We, the Lord's people, are His house. We should serve each other abundantly. When He returns, it will be...
And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.David called on the Lord, and the Lord answered him.
...David saw that the LORD had answered him...(From part of v28b.)
Call on the Lord in prayer.
v3 There can be really bad counselors. Don't listen to bad counsel, and don't assume evil of people.
Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do [that which is] good in his sight.We should:
So David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment and justice among all his people.I thought of Psalm 119:121, "I have done judgment and justice..."
Before, I read about all of the incredible treasures and stuff Solomon had later. I saw here how some of it had been prepared.
David was so faithful in the battles and preparations and service for the Lord. The Lord really blessed His servants.
...David the king... said... Who am I... ?(From part of 1 Chronicles 17:16a)
...O Lord, there is none like You...(From part of 1 Chronicles 17:20a)
We should worship the Lord like this. There's no one like Him. Be humble, and praise the Lord.