And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. 1 Chronicles 28:20 (KJV)
King David was old and crowned his son, Solomon, king over Israel. King David was instructed by God not to build Him a temple because he was a man of war and had shed blood. Rather He chose Solomon to build the temple. David was still glad to provide the materials for the house of God even though he was not the one chosen to build the house of God. He provided Solomon with all the information he needed to build the temple; he even encouraged Solomon to do the work without fear or dismay, for God was with him. The story about David and Solomon depicts a responsible father son relationship; King David trained and raised Solomon to take over from him. Solomon, on the other hand, submitted himself to his father and executed to the letter all that his father laid down for him. A good relationship between parents and their children enhances development and continuity in the house of God. Dear reader, what do you learn from this passage? Share your thoughts here!