May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us. 1 Kings 8:57
When Solomon finished building the first temple for the Lord in Jerusalem, he prayed a beautiful prayer of dedication (1 Kings 8:22-53). He then turned to the people of Israel who were gathered for the dedication and reminded them that God had given the nation rest, that He had not failed to keep a single promise He had made through Moses (verse 56). Solomon then expressed a hope: “May He not leave us nor forsake us.”
Why would God, who had blessed the people so abundantly, ever leave them? Maybe Solomon was expressing the fear felt by a sage of the times named Agur. This wise man worried about ever having such an abundance that he would forget the One who provided it and dishonor His name (Proverbs 30:7-9). Maybe Solomon was saying, “May we never forget the One who has blessed us so abundantly.”
David reminded the people that all we have comes from God (1 Chronicle 29:14). May we never forget the Source of our abundance. May we not be tempted to leave the One who promises never to leave us.
When you drink from the stream, remember the spring. Anonymous