1 Kings 3:6-9:
6 And Solomon said: “You have shown great mercy to Your servant David my father, because he walked before You in truth, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with You; You have continued this great kindness for him, and You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. 9 Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
I just want to point out a couple of things that the Lord spoke to me about concerning this passage of scripture.
1. Solomon was well aware of David (his father’s) testimony and the need for mercy that David possessed throughout the construction of that testimony. That tells us that David was transparent with his son, as was necessary to convey an authentic depiction of what walking with the Lord truly means. It also tells us that the mercy of God was emphasized by David when communicating his testimony, and we see that the mercy of God is the first thing that Solomon references after being asked by God “What shall I give you?”. Most people would have jumped right into the core of our personal requests, but Solomon found it appropriate to primarily address the very mercy that is responsible for God even approaching Solomon in the first place. In Deuteronomy 11:18-19, the Lord decrees that the children of Israel should be taught the statutes of the Lord and to love the Lord with all of their hearts. This teaching is to be led by the father of the household. Thus, we see David’s obedience to this decree in the fact that Solomon has an awareness of the statutes of the Lord, which is propelled by godly reverence. Solomon’s words relay the presence of an earthly father who was obedient to his Heavenly Father’s commands. The modern day question this passage presents is: how many fathers today have been unable to show their children how to walk with God in humility/love simply because they have no true walk with God themselves? Or, how many father’s would rather their sons/daughters be successful in the eyes of the world than in the eyes of God? Many father’s would prefer their sons to excel in sports than in the knowledge of God. Many mother’s would prefer their daughters to fit into the popular role of “successful independent business woman” than for them to be intercessors/prayer-warriors crying out to God on behalf of others. What we must realize is that Solomon’s request, which so greatly pleased the Lord, only came as a result of his being raised to worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. That made all the difference.
2. That brings us to the second point: the Lord’s kindness is generational. Walking with the Lord today will yield a harvest many generations from now. The conversation between Solomon and the Lord was a continuation of God’s kindness towards David, which is mentioned in verse 6 above. It was a great act of kindness for the Lord to give David an heir/son to carry on the mantle of the kingdom, especially given the fact that the son David received grew to revere/fear the Lord (though he would later have some miscues in how he reigned). When we say “yes” to God today, there will be a generational benefit to that simple “yes”. Consecrating yourself unto God on today will open up opportunities for your children to receive a divine encounter with the Lord 10, 20, 30 years from now. Be mindful of that.
3. Lastly, Solomon was humble enough to admit to God that he was just “a little child” even though the entire populous perceived him as a king. He openly admitted to God that he did not even know the basics of operating as a just king. Unfortunately, many of us today are unwilling to make the same declaration to God. Even when God “promotes” us here on earth, we still have to be aware of the fact that we have no idea how to properly/effectively steward what God has placed within our hands. We have to be quick to realize that we are still nothing apart from God’s grace. Furthermore, Solomon inherited the kingdom due to who his father was. The blessing was a matter of lineage (see point 2). Similarly, as sons and daughters of the Most High God, there are gifts that we will inherit simply because of the Holy lineage that we have been engrafted into by the blood of Jesus Christ (see Matthew 7:11). However, we must retain the humility that is necessary to come before God and admit our own deficiencies. We must seek an “understanding heart”. In Luke 24:45, it says that Jesus opened the ”understanding” of the apostles so that they could comprehend the Scriptures. Their understanding was opened prior to establishing the church that is on record within the Book of Acts, which can lead us to believe that in all of our seeking, we should be seeking understanding from God (see Proverbs 4:7). Regardless of your earthly title of “authority”, you will always be just a “little child” in the eyes of Jesus, and He is greatly pleased when His children approach Him as such. Cry out to Him with a childlike posture of heart. He is worthy.