A tale of two King's

Solomon is known as the wisest person to have ever lived. One look at his writings, especially Proverbs, confirms his prodigious wisdom. Most "wisdom" books today are simply impoverished microwaved versions of what Solomon wrote thousands of years ago.

When he became king over Israel, he did not ask for possessions, wealth, or honour, but he asked for wisdom:
O LORD God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great (2 Chron. 1:10)?
The LORD was pleased with his request and it  was granted to him. He was even given the privilege of building the house of God, something his father desired to do and was forbidden, because David was a man of war, but Solomon was a man of rest. Solomon asked for wisdom, but David asked to dwell in the heavenly house.
One thing I have asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple (Ps. 27:4).
David's desire was for God and was a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22), but Solomon's desire was for women and his heart was led astray (1 Kings 11:4). Solomon was able to build the temple because he was a man of peace, but his last recorded act is seeking the death of Jeroboam (1 Kings 11:40). Although he is known as the wisest person to have lived, he would have been wise to follow his father's advice.
Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn (1 Kings 2:3).
Solomon is known for his wisdom, but David is known for his heart. "Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! (Ps. 105:4)"


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