PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 1 Chronicles 22-23
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace.” (1 Chronicles 22:9)
In Hebrew ‘Solomon’ sounds like the word for peace; he was their prince of peace.
For the people of Israel, this hope has kept them going through the centuries.
When this book was written, they were still under foreign rule and did not have peace.
One day a son of David would come to give them rest from their enemies.
He would establish God’s house (presence) in the land – God would be with them.
In that house the praise of God would never end (ch.23:30, the levites’ daily praise).
There would be peace, no more war or bloodshed or injustice or sickness or tears.
As followers of Jesus, we cling to this hope as well.
We understand them more broadly, and not tied to a specific building, people or land.
But we believe Jesus is the prince of peace who has given us rest from our enemies.
He has established God’s family (house), and made us to be priests forever.
We can be like Solomon, bringers of the peace of Jesus who lives in our hearts!
Am I experiencing this peace deep within the temple my heart, God’s house?
Am I a peacemaker, and do others experience the peace of Jesus when they meet me?
Lord, help me to experience this peace inside of me, and help me to spread this peace everyday and everywhere, so that more and more people experience your peace!