Read: 1 Kings 8:22-30
And listen to the plea of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. (v. 30)
Every parent knows that the best way to teach a child is by one’s own example. Mere words can only go so far; children learn what they see modeled—whether good or bad. And that’s true of all of us! We learn best when we first see something demonstrated.
As he leads his nation in worship at the dedication of the temple, Solomon models a spirit of true humility and worship. He becomes the “worshipper-in-chief” as he addresses God directly before Israel. There is no spirit of boasting about the magnificent temple he has built. Instead, he shows a humble attitude of servanthood. In fact, the word “servant” is used eight times in this passage to describe his father David, his people, and himself. Solomon asks God to hear the prayers of his people prayed towards the temple, to have mercy on them, and to forgive their sins. The prayer goes on to detail various situations when God’s people will need to call out to him for forgiveness. Solomon prays in advance for the mercy of the Lord.
Solomon’s people saw his example of humility and servanthood. What do others see from our example? Humility or pride? Entitlement or servanthood? Others are probably watching us. Let’s reflect on the example that we are setting, and remember to model a worshipful spirit that seeks to glorify God in all things. —Laura N. Sweet
As you pray, ask God to give you a humble spirit that glorifies him.
About the Author
Laura N. Sweet is a wife, mother, grandmother, and former Christian schoolteacher from Midland, Michigan. She writes devotional material for both adults and children, and her work has appeared in more than a dozen publications.