King David was now old and "full of years". His time left on this earth was now short. He began to make sure that everything was ready for his departure. This included making his son Solomon the next King of Israel as God had directed him to do.
David summoned all of the officials of Israel to assemble at Jerusalem - the officers, commanders and those in service to the King. He gave them directions on how to carry on according to Gods plans in his absence. His final charge to them,
"So now I charge you in the sight of all Israel and of the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God: Be careful to follow all the commands of the LORD your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever." 1 Chronicles 28:8
And then it was time for David to give a charge to King Solomon. It was more than one King passing the torch to the next. It was loving Father speaking directly to the heart of a beloved son.
"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing spirit, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever." 1 Chronicles 28:9David had learned many lessons in his life. He knew the blessing of living in the favour of God. But he also knew the agony of a life stained by sin. He wanted his final charge to his son to be one that would make a difference in his future:
- Acknowledge God. Acknowledge Him as your creator, your God. Live under His authority. Commit yourself to seek His will and live according to His Word. Give Him the glory in all things - good and bad. Humble yourself before Him and you will be blessed.
- Serve Him with wholehearted devotion. Don't let anything or anyone take a higher priority in your life than loving and serving Him. Don't be distracted by things. Don't let people lead you astray. Seek God first and do His will. Keep your heart pure and He will direct you in all things.
- Serve Him with a willing spirit. Take delight in serving God. Let it be your greatest pleasure. Serve Him and honor Him because you want to, not out of obligation. Let it be your choice. You will find that serving Him will become your greatest joy.
If today were my last to share with my son, I don't know that I could add much more to what David said to his son Solomon. But why wait to share them. There's no time like the present.