Daily Devotional

So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen you days.
-1 Kings 3:14

Concerning this temple which you are building, if you walk in MY statutes,  execute My judgements, keep all My commandments and walk in them, then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to your father David.
-1 Kings 6:12

Do they sound the same? This was the word of the LORD spoken to Solomon at two different times. The first was when Solomon became king of Israel and the LORD said to him "Ask!, What shall I give you?" And Solomon asked for wisdom. The Lord answered that request, but also gave him riches and honor and then gave him the first admonition in 1 Kings 3:14 (above).
The second admonition from the Lord came when Solomon began to make plans to build the temple.

I thought it was interesting that whether in or out of a building, the admonition was the same, keep the Lord's statutes and commandments, walk in them, do them...like David did. When I think about how David did this I'm reminded that he wasn't perfect, he made mistakes. But I think the desire of David's heart was to love the Lord with all his heart, soul & mind. He didn't always do it well, but he wanted to.

It didn't matter whether they were worshipping the Lord in a building or not, the admonition was to walk, keep and perform the Word of God. I hope when people look back on this time they will look at the believers in Christ and know that about us. We may make mistakes but, in or out of a building, I hope those are overshadowed by how we walked, kept and performed the Word of God. How are you doing?

Matthew 22:36-37  
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."  
"New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved."
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