Solomon’s Secret

1 King 3:11-12 :“God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice. I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be”

I had a few questions about wisdom. Like why did Solomon choose wisdom? Why is wisdom so important? Why was it so pleasing to God that Solomon chose wisdom? Why did God bless Solomon because of his choice?

Wisdom is based on truth. Wisdom is invalid when it’s source of information is corrupt. A wise person is only as wise as his source of information is true.

God is truth. Without Him, there is no such thing as truth, only a lot of people’s viewpoints, but nothing solid. God is the source of truth and therefore, the source of wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).

For you to be wise, you have to KNOW the truth. For you to know truth, you have to know God. That’s why God was pleased with Solomon’s choice. That’s why Solomon was blessed because of that choice. Solomon chose to have a relationship with God. He knew that by choosing wisdom he had to know the source of truth. He didn’t care about the wisdom as much as he cared about knowing God. He wanted to know God, and that’s why he chose wisdom. Wisdom was the result of his relationship with God.

Solomon made no effort to be wise. Wisdom wasn’t his focus. His relationship with God was his focus. So if you have a desire to be wise, start with your relationship with God. Wisdom will flow from it.

Shared hiding places

Do you remember that secret places you discovered in the back yard, under the bed and in the closet behind your mother’s clothes? Do you remember camping out in those places until your parents had to drag you to bed? You would invite your closest friend to your hideout as a sign that you chose them as your best friend and to show them that you trust them. Endless hours of tea parties or playing mission impossible, all because of this magical hideout.

The thing about children is that they tend to subconsciously roleplay the design of the human heart.

We all have secret hideouts in our hearts. We have hiding places we go to in different situations. All of them determining how we respond to those situations. We have these places that nobody knows about and sometimes we don’t even know about them ourselves. These are the places we gather all of the things that make us tick. Be it something that makes you extremely happy or something that you try never to think about. You don’t share these places of your heart with someone whom you don’t trust.

Trust comes from knowing that the person involved is trustworthy. It comes by knowing the person’s character. It doesn’t matter how hard I try, I can’t share these secret places with someone that I don’t trust.

There are 2 things that hinder our intimacy with God:

  1. It is possible that you haven’t invited Him into all of the secret places of your heart because you don’t trust Him. Maybe you have tried to trust Him. Maybe you have tried to invite Him into all of the parts of your heart. Trust comes from knowing His character. You are not going to trust God with those places of your heart if you believe that He is going to punish or scold you for them. If this is the problem that you are facing, start by asking Him to reveal His character to you. He won’t ask you to trust Him without you knowing that He is trustworthy. He is eager to replace the lies that you believed about Him.
  2. The second thing that hinders our intimacy with Him is that we miss this key aspect: Psalm 91: 1 ” He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High… ” God is inviting you to dwell in the secret places of HIS heart. We read this verse and automatically think about inviting God into the secret places of our heart but we tend to miss what the verse is saying. God is inviting you into the most intimate and secret parts of His heart. He isn’t only expecting us to invite Him to know every part of us, but He is also inviting you to know every part of Him. He trusts you.

Let God know you and make sure you take up His offer to know Him. For hiding places are far better when they are shared…  

The essence of Worship

In Genesis 2:7 we read that after God created us from dust, He breathed His breath into our nostrils to give us life. Thus causing our breath to be directly His and each time we exhale, we exhale Him. In other words by breathing, we reflect God back to Himself.  Worship is our response to who He is. Worship in it’s purest form is breathing.

Ezekiel 37:5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause BREATH and Spirit to enter you, and you shall live.

See how God says that HE will cause the breath and Spirit to enter the dry bones. True worship starts with the revelation of who He is. When we realize who He is, our worship looks a lot different. Something deep inside of us starts to make sense and we can’t help but declare His worth. In the verse above, God says, I will cause breath AND Spirit to enter you. The Holy Spirit loves our Worship. He joins in on it. He worships God with us, but He is also God. His presence and fellowship during worship bring deeper revelation of who God is. Revelation evokes worship. More worship means more fellowship with the Holy Spirit. More fellowship with the Holy Spirit brings more revelation of who God is, evoking more worship. This cycle is never ending and that is why we will be able to worship God for all eternity.

The beauty of it all is that God not only causes our worship, but He also responds to it. In verse 6 God says “and I will lay sinews upon you and bring up flesh upon you and cover you with skin.”

We see 3 things added to the dry bones after the breath (worship) and the Spirit entered them.

  1. Sinews
  2. Flesh
  3. Skin

Worship causes 3 things in our lives:

  1. A sinew is another word for a tendon. A tendon is a tough band of tissue connecting muscle to bone. Even the strongest of muscles can’t move or cause movement without the sinew connecting it to bone. God added the sinews before the flesh (muscle). God added the STRENGHT for the movement first. Worship brings strength to face certain situations before anything regarding our circumstances have changed.
  2. Flesh speaks of muscle. Muscle is responsible for movement in our bodies. God brings a PRACTICAL SOLUTION for our problems through Worship.
  3. Skin brings protection from the sun. It keeps our insides from dehydrating. But it is also the first part of our bodies to be damaged by the sun. Worship keeps our lives from drying out. Worship makes sure that our joy and peace stay intact. Worship protects us from the blows of this world, but it is also the first to take blows. Why? Because the first thing we loose in a difficult situation is our worship. When circumstances become tough we tend to think about everything except worship. And so our circumstances become even more dry. We loose even more joy. We loose even more peace, because what is supposed to be our protection is neglected. But skin also brings beauty. Your skin covers all of the mushy parts of you and makes you beautiful. Worship brings beauty and purpose to our lives. It causes us to see past all of our own mushy parts, but also the mushy parts of others, because it changes our perspective and focus.

Verse 10 says ” ..And they lived and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great host.” It is worship that changes people. Worship brings strength to stand up when everything in your life has dried out. Worship gives purpose to those once lost. Worship changes circumstances. Worship brings beauty and joy and peace. We were made by worship to worship.

So let worship be your way of life. Let worship be the essence of your being. And when you don’t know how to worship in a certain situation, just BREATHE..