“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.”
1 Chronicles 28:9
Know thou the God of thy father – “Knowing God,” in the sense of having a trust in Him, is an unusual phrase in the earlier Scriptures. It rarely occurs anywhere else in the historical books. David, however, uses the phrase in his Psalm 36:10; and its occurrence here may be accepted as evidence that the entire speech is recorded in the actual words of the monarch.
During David’s last sickness, many chief priests and Levites were at Jerusalem. Finding himself able, David spoke of his purpose to build a temple for God and of God’s disallowing that purpose. He opened to them God’s gracious purposes concerning Solomon.
David charged them to cleave stedfastly to God and their duty.
David says, Know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and a willing mind. God is made known by His works and word. Revelation alone shows the whole character of God, in His providence, His Holy law, the condemnation of sinners, His blessed gospel, and the ministration of the Spirit to all true believers.
The natural man cannot receive this knowledge of God. But we learn the value of the Saviour’s atonement and of the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, and are influenced to walk in all the Lord’s commandments.
It brings a sinner to his proper place at the foot of the cross as a poor, guilty, helpless person deserving wrath, yet expecting everything from the free mercy and grace of God our Father, the Lord Jesus. Having been forgiven much, the pardoned sinner learns to love much.
Too many people seek forgiveness, yet do not seek change, truth and wisdom. Many believe they are doing right by God, but are decieved and misguided.
Lack of discernment or lack of caring or both are lost to the whole of society. God’s Holy law has been forsaken by us and yet we have the audacity to believe He us has forsaken us …
Self entitlement has been the ruination of churches and societies throughout the ages. Today it’s a far worse plague on mankind than it has ever been.