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Walk in God’s Word (1 Kings 6:11–13)

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Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon, “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.”
-1 Kings 6:11–13

I want you to think about this promise from God to Solomon in 1st King’s chapter six, as he is constructing the temple. God says, if you will walk in my statutes, obey my rules, keep all my commandments, and he uses this phrase again, walk in them. So, know my word and walk according to my word, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father.

God is calling His people to know His Word and walk in it.

What that means is I will bless you just as I bless your father David. You will experience the fullness of my blessing as you walk in my word. And then, not just for you, and I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel. In other words, you walk in my word, it will be good for you, and it will be good for all the people you lead.

Now, obviously, this is a specific promise from God to Solomon in 1st King’s chapter six, but as we read throughout the rest of the Bible and specifically the New Testament, where we see our relationship with God summarizing this new covenant, the same reality is promised to you and me there, that the blessing of God will be ours as we walk in his word and not just us, but his blessing will spread to others through us as we walk in his word. So could we just reflect on that promise today in our lives and pray according to it.

God, we praise you for your word, for your promises to us, that if and when we walk in your word and we keep your commandments and we obey your rules, that are good, that are so good for us and good for others, that when we walk in them, we will experience the fullness of your blessing in our lives and not just us, but the people around us will experience your blessing through our lives. God, we want that. We want the fullness of your blessing in our lives today, tomorrow, each day. God, we want the fullness of your blessing in our lives. And we want others to experience the fullness of your blessing through our lives. So help us, we pray, today to walk in your word.

God, we pray that that would be the summary of our days. Summary of our day today, I walked in the word of God, according to the leadership of the spirit of God. We pray that would be the summary of our lives tomorrow and the next day, and the next day. Everything we do, God, we pray to help us to walk in your word in ways that lead to blessing in our lives and in ways that lead to blessing in others’ lives. God, we pray for the people around us today, whether in our homes or our workplaces, wherever we go, whoever we interact with, God we pray that you’d help us to walk in your word in such a way that you’re blessing, your goodness, your grace spreads through us. That our lives would be a conduit of your grace to others.

God, we pray for that as the church in the world, among the nations. God, we pray for the Afshari people of Afghanistan today, who don’t have your word, who don’t know your blessing through your word, through the gospel. God, we pray that you would help us to be obedient to your command, to make this gospel known among all the nations, including the Afshari of Afghanistan that they might know your blessing as we know your blessing. God, we pray all of this according to your word in 1st Kings 6:11-13, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.
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