This is Brian Doyle and we covered the last two times that fathers would be good to exhort their sons to be strong and to be courageous – to ‘act like a man’. Let’s look at I Kings 2:2 and see what the next exhortation is that David has for Solomon…..
I Kings 2:2,3
“I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, and observe what the Lord your God requires:”
King David charges his son to “observe what the Lord your God requires”. What does it mean to ‘observe’?
Observe – to notice or perceive something and then register it as being significant.
This starts with God’s decrees and commands. Solomon had these available to him in writing. It was now his responsibility to ‘observe them’. His father, who loved God’s Word, was no longer going to be around to read them and talk about them with him.
Now Solomon would need to remember and embrace what his father wrote in Psalm 19:7-11….
“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.
They are more precious than gold, even much fine gold;
They are sweeter than honey, even honey from the honeycomb.”
Do I truly love God’s Word? David was effective in passing this on to Solomon his son because he genuinely loved the Law of God. Do my children see me reading and studying and meditating on the Word of God? Am i a visible model to them of a man who loves to invest time with God in His Word?
Question to Consider: What are you reading in the Bible right now?
Prayer: Father God, please give me an appetite for time with You in the Word. I want to be like David and have it be sweeter than honey. Please give me that attitude as I daily invest time reading and meditating on the Scriptures. In Jesus Name, AMEN