Solomon had a lot to learn (he was still offering sacrifices on the high places), but the wisdom from the LORD would guide him.

BibleGateway: 1 Kings 3:4-13

ESV Text: 1 Kings 3:4-13



KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:28 and ends at about 2:18

4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar.

     5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13 And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 294:
O Word of God Incarnate

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— Organ Audio

1. O Word of God Incarnate, 
O Wisdom from on high, 
O Truth unchanged, unchanging, 
O Light of our dark sky, 
We praise Thee for the radiance 
That from the hallowed page, 
A lantern to our footsteps 
Shines on from age to age. 

2. The Church from her dear Master 
Received the gift divine, 
And still that light she lifteth 
O’er all the earth to shine. 
It is the golden casket 
Where gems of truth are stored; 
It is the heaven-drawn picture 
Of Christ, the living Word. 

3. It floateth like a banner 
Before God’s host unfurled; 
It shineth like a beacon 
Above the darkling world. 
It is the chart and compass 
That o’er life’s surging sea, 
‘Mid mists and rocks and quicksands, 
Still guides, O Christ, to thee. 

3. It floateth like a banner 
Before God’s host unfurled; 
It shineth like a beacon 
Above the darkling world. 
It is the chart and compass 
That o’er life’s surging sea, 
‘Mid mists and rocks and quicksands, 
Still guides, O Christ, to thee. 

4. O make thy church, dear Saviour, 
A lamp of purest gold, 
To bear before the nations 
Thy true light, as of old. 
O teach thy wand’ring pilgrims 
By this their path to trace, 
Till, clouds and darkness ended, 
They see thee face to face. 


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This Israelites were distinguished from other people by God’s Presence. Isn’t that what distinguishes us Christians today from others too?

BibleGateway: Exodus 33:12-23

ESV Text: Exodus 33:12-23



KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:2 and ends at about 4:1

     12 And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 13 Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. 14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. 17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 18 And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. 20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. 21 And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 246:
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty

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1. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! 
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee; 
Holy holy, holy, merciful and mighty! 
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity! 

2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee, 
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; 
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee, 
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be. 

3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee, 
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see, 
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee, 
Perfect in power, in love, and purity. 

4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! 
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea. 
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty! 
God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!