David died with one desire unfulfilled: he wanted to build a temple for the Lord. God did not allow him to build it, because he was a man who had shed a lot of blood (1Chron 28:3). He did prepare everything for the building of the temple and instructed his son Solomon to build it. He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple (1Chron 28:12). The temple had indeed to be build according to the stipulations given by God (1Chron 28:19) and Solomon had no choice but to follow these plans.
Gifts were given for the building of the temple, the orders of priests and Levites were established, musical instruments were made, Solomon acknowledged as successor-king—and then David died with a song of praise on his lips.
Solomon set out to build the temple as the most important task of his kingship.
He needed cedar, and lots of it. So he sent message to king Hiram of Tyre, more or less the present day Lebanon, where the huge cedars still appears on their flag as national symbol.
But Solomon wanted to build a great temple, “for our God is greater than all other gods” (2Chron 2:5).
Indeed, our God is greater than all the other gods:
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. (Deuteronomy 10:17)
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. (1 Chronicles 29:11)
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. (Job 5:9)
“Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O Lord, shattered the enemy. (Exodus 15:6)
O Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? (Deuteronomy 3:24) … so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. (Psalm 145:12-13)
Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. (Deuteronomy 4:39)
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. (Jeremiah 32:17)
You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. With your mighty arm You redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. (Psalm 77:14-15)
By His power God raised the Lord from the dead, and He will raise us also. (1 Corinthians 6:14)
For to be sure, He (Jesus) was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in Him, yet by God’s power we will live with Him to serve you. (2 Corinthians 13:4)
In the sight of our Great God, there is just no other god!
We need to once again proclaim to the world the words of Solomon: our God is greater than all other gods!
The Kingdom of Christ is everlasting, and his rule is over all the kings, principalities and powers. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16)
He does not live in temples, but He lives in us, in our bodies. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that we may declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Most glorious and great God, our Father in heaven, we pray that You will reveal Yourself to us in glory. Open our eyes for Your greatness, your power and Your glory. We thank You for Jesus Christ who revealed you to us. We worship Him as the King of kings and the God of gods. We thank you for the Holy Spirit indwelling us to make us fit to be like temples for You. Help us to proclaim your greatness to the nations. Amen.
© D Rudi Schwartz