Give therefore Thy servant an understanding heart

1 Kings 3:1, 3-15

We will now pursue the path of history, and enter upon the reign of Solomon.

1 Kings 3:1

A questionable beginning, a step full of danger.

1 Kings 3:3

This was contrary to express precept, yet the Lord dealt not severely with Solomon, for he saw that his heart was right before him.

1 Kings 3:5

Solomon worships God by day—God appears to Solomon by night. The night cannot but be happy when the day has been holy. The king had offered unto God a thousand burnt-sacrifices, and now the Lord rewards him in godlike fashion by giving him his option. “Ask what I shall give thee!” Nor is God less generous to each one of us under the gospel, for Jesus has said, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.”

1 Kings 3:6-8

It was a wise choice to choose wisdom: young Solomon was already wise when he thus asked of the Lord. He did not ask for grace, which would have been the best gift of all, but he chose the second best, and his reason’s for the choice were in the highest degree praiseworthy. He must have often thought upon this matter while awake, or he would not have come to so excellent a decision in his sleep.

1 Kings 3:13

The greater includes the less. Wisdom brings wealth and honour: let us seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and then all these things shall be added unto us. Christ Jesus, who is infinite wisdom, is the choice of every believer.

1 Kings 3:14, 15

Gratitude led him to present his sacrifices in the right place. Our love to God should always lead us to a growing attention to his commands. There was now a noble career open before Solomon, and for many years he pursued it most commendably. Those who begin life by seeking wisdom may expect prosperity.


My God, my soul hath one desire,

I seek for wisdom still,

Let Jesus be mine all in all,

And I’ll obey thy will.


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