Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


September 20, 2011

As King David lives his last days, and as he's ready to give his kingdom to his son, Solomon, what is his prayer, what is this parent's wish?

Lord, the God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, keep these desires and thoughts in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you, and give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands...
                                             --1 Chronicles 29:18,19 TNIV


Often a parent's prayers are for our children's happiness, their prospering, a scholarship, and to be sure, such concerns are sound, but what about a focus that transcends them all: that they would be the people of God, that they would live out the promises of baptism, and the like.

David prayed just such a prayer. I'm sure he prayed for the people and Solomon's safety and protection, but David knew there is no real safety apart from grounding in a vibrant faith unto the living God.


Dale Patterson