by: Timothy Vazquez
1 Chronicles 28:9b (NLT) Learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
King David was now well on in years and was soon going to die, but not before having enjoyed a long life, along with wealth and honor. These came to him as a promise from God because he loved and served the Lord with all of his heart. Before he died, he wanted to give some last instructions to his son Solomon, who would succeed him as king over Israel. David, knowing his end was near, didn't want to give Solomon counsel about how to acquire a lot of wealth or how to make sure that his subjects obeyed him. He didn't think of giving Solomon his military secrets that led to a great many victories over the enemies of the people of God but instead, he gave him what he knew was the most important advice in the world upon which every other aspect of his life would flow. He wanted to tell him about worshipping and serving the Lord with everything in him.
The words of advice above were Holy-Spirit inspired words from a father to his son. Knowing that his son would have a great weight of responsibility in leading an entire nation, David knew that the secret to success for Solomon was not in great military strength or in making the right alliances with surrounding nations or in amassing a great amount of wealth. David knew personally that the only thing that mattered in this life is intimacy with God and worshipping him with all of your heart. From there flows everything else in this life. His instruction for worship was that Solomon would not only worship and serve God will all of his heart, but that he would do it with a willing mind as well. David didn't tell Solomon to bypass his mind and just go with his heart but instead admonished him to engage fully and willfully with the Lord in his mind.
David knew that when you worship and serve the Lord with everything in you, then the tendency that we as human beings have of straying from God and then making horrible decisions would be held at bay. He knew also that if Solomon engaged with the Lord with his mind as well as his heart, then Solomon's mind would not betray him with evil and lustful thoughts, nor would he be susceptible to Satan's lies and temptations. It was powerful advice for Solomon, and it is powerful advice for us today. If you follow Solomon's life, he was extremely successful as he followed his father's advice and worshipped and served the Lord wholeheartedly and with a willing mind, but when his heart turned away from doing that, wrong thoughts and actions led to his demise and to the eventual breakup of the unity of Israel under the leadership of his son, Rehoboam.
Let's take David's advice to Solomon to heart and follow it so that we will experience success and safe passage through this life. As we seek the Lord and as we worship him with all of our heart and soul and mind, we will find the Lord and He will always be with us to lead us through this life until we are safely at home with Him in heaven.
Pastor Joey Vazquez