“As for you, my son Solomon, KNOW the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be courageous and act.” 1 Chronicles 28:9-10 [emphasis mine]
This is not a suggestion but an order, an imperative from David to his son Solomon–“KNOW the God of your father…”. He, who has known God personally is now charging his son Solomon to make efforts to KNOW his father’s God by seeking Him with all his being.
What a passion for God David had! He could have told Solomon, “Be rich and powerful.” Instead, he is urging Solomon to seek God with all his being as he undertakes his responsibility to build God’s temple.
The question now is, “Do I know God as David knew God? If I were Solomon, how can I know God better?”
God wants me to know Him better–that’s the bottom line, but how? As Asaph said in one of his psalms of thanksgiving in 1 Chronicles 16:11-12:
“11 Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.12 Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,His marvels and the judgments from His mouth.”
I can remember what one preacher once said to this effect, “The more you know God, the more you will serve Him. The more you serve Him, the more you will trust Him. The more you trust Him, the more you will love Him.” Let me add this, “The more you love Him, the more you can obey Him.”
Do I know my God? Do I make enough efforts to seek and fellowship with Him daily?