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Solomon's Thanksgiving Prayer

Solomon's Thanksgiving Prayer

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BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


1 Kin. viii. 54 — 6 1 . And it was so, that when Solomon had made
an end of praying all thisp-ayer and supplication unto the Lord,
he arose from before the altar of the Lord^ from kneeling on his
knees with his hands spread up to heaven. And he stood, and
blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying.
Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Is-
rael, according to all that he promised; there hath not failed
one word of all his good promise, ivhich he promised by the
hand of Moses his servant ! The Lord our God be with us,
as he was with our fathers : let him not leave us, nor forsake
us ; (hat he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all
his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes,
and his judgments, luhich he commanded our fathers. And
let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication be-
fore the Lord, he nigh unto the Lord our God day and night,
that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his
people Israel at all times, as the' matter shall require; that
all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God,
and that there is none else. Let your heart therefore be per-
fect u'ith the Lord your God, to walk in his statutes, and to
keep his commandments, as at this day

BY REV. C. SIMEON, M. A.


1 Kin. viii. 54 — 6 1 . And it was so, that when Solomon had made
an end of praying all thisp-ayer and supplication unto the Lord,
he arose from before the altar of the Lord^ from kneeling on his
knees with his hands spread up to heaven. And he stood, and
blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying.
Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Is-
rael, according to all that he promised; there hath not failed
one word of all his good promise, ivhich he promised by the
hand of Moses his servant ! The Lord our God be with us,
as he was with our fathers : let him not leave us, nor forsake
us ; (hat he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all
his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes,
and his judgments, luhich he commanded our fathers. And
let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication be-
fore the Lord, he nigh unto the Lord our God day and night,
that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his
people Israel at all times, as the' matter shall require; that
all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God,
and that there is none else. Let your heart therefore be per-
fect u'ith the Lord your God, to walk in his statutes, and to
keep his commandments, as at this day

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SOLOMO'S THAKSGIVIG PRAYER BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.1 Kin. viii. 54 — 6 1 . And it was so, that when Solomon had made an end of praying all thisp-ayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord^ from kneeling on his knees with his hands spread up to heaven. And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying. Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Is- rael, according to all that he promised; there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, ivhich he promised by the hand of Moses his servant ! The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers : let him not leave us, nor forsake us ; (hat he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, luhich he commanded our fathers. And let these my words, wherewith I have made supplication be- fore the Lord, he nigh unto the Lord our God day and night, that he maintain the cause of his servant, and the cause of his people Israel at all times, as the' matter shall require; that all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else. Let your heart therefore be per- fect u'ith the Lord your God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day, TO men Solomon might appear most glorious when seated on liis throne, and surrounded by all his 224.] Solomon's thanksgitino prayer. 15 his courtiers: but in the eyes of God he never was so glorious, as when he was leading the devotions of all his people, and imploring blessings on them from above. either actuated by ostentation, nor
 
restrained by shame, he erected a stage or pulpit in the court of the temple near the altar, and there in the midst of all the congregation kneeled down upon his knees, and with his hands stretched out to heaven poured forth his soul in the devoutest supplications. The prayer he uttered was of considerable length, and, as it should seem, the extemporaneous effusion of his own heart. How happy would it be, if all our kings were so disposed, or even if all the Ministers of the sanctuary were alike earnest in their acknowledgment of God, and qualified to con- duct, from the abundance of their own hearts, the service of his sanctuary ! After having offered to God his prayer and sup- plication, he rose from his knees to bless the people. By " blessing them" we are not to suppose that he pretended to have any fulness in himself, whereby to make them blessed : it is not in man, however great, to make others blessed ; he can only mini- sterially declare what God has promised, or implore in their behalf the blessing of God upon them. This is what was done by the priests of old % and this is what he did on this occasion. The words in which he blessed them contain, I. An address to God— This consisted of two parts, 1 . A thanksgiving for mercies received — [God had now fulfilled in its utmost extent the promises which he had given to Israel. " The whole land, from the river of Egypt to the river Euphrates^," was under Solomon's domi- nion : the most perfect rest and peace prevailed throughout the whole empire*^: and a place was now erected, on a spot chosen by God himself, for his worship and service'^. Of *' all the pro- mises which God had given by Moses, not one word had failed :"
 
all was come to pass ; and the whole nation enjoyed a state of unprecedented prosperity. For these things Solomon now ** blessed * umb. vi. 23 — 26. '' Gen. xv. 18. with Deut. xi. 24. * 1 Kin, v, 4. * Deut. xii. 11. 1^ 1 KIGS, VIII. 54 — 6i. [224. " blessed the Lord," both in his own name, and in the name of all the people. Have we received such blessings from the Lord ? let us then bless him too. Have wc a peaceable enjoyment of God's ordi- nances, and freedom from the assaults of open enemies ? Have we union also and harmony amongst ourselves ? let us be thank- ful for these mercies : it is not every Church that enjoys them ; nor can any thing but the peculiar favour of Heaven continue them to us. But what if we have experienced an accomplishment of that promise of our Lord, "^ Come unto me, and I will give you rest ?" What if we have obtained a victory over all our spiritual enemies, and be living in a sweet sense of God's love, and the habitual enjoyment of his presence ? Shall not ive bless the name of our God, yea, bless him too with all our faculties and all our powers ? ] 2. A prayer for the continuance of them — [The presence of God with them comprehended every bless- ing that Solomon could desire ; and therefore Solomon intreated God " never to leave them nor forsake them*." This alone could " incline their hearts" to serve the Lord*^: this alone could secure to them a complete enjoyment of their happiness ^ : this alone could enable them to glorify their God in the world ''.

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