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Oh, Solomon. What a heart you had. I will never forget your request for a discerning heart above all else. I return to this over and over again.

I cannot conceive of the wisdom God blessed you with as a result of that request, but your words land on my heart and take root.

Oh, God, give me a discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong. Our world is confusing but You enlighten and simplify.

God did not choose a city for His temple to be built so that there His Name might dwell, but He choose David in which to dwell.

He built the temple for the name of the Lord, just as He has built us–body, mind, soul, and spirit–for the Name of the Lord.

Will we offer this place for His Spirit to dwell?

Remove from my lips the taste for anything in contradiction to Your Spirit’s taste. Fill me instead with Your fruit and wisdom.

But will God really dwell within me? The heavens, even the highest heavens cannot contain Him. How much less this dwelling place?

May Your eyes be open toward this temple, Your dwelling place–night and day–this place in which You said, My Name shall dwell.

Reflection on 1 Kings 8:22-30

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