Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 27, 2015

“How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 9.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+9&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with difficult questions.  She had a very large retinue, with camels carrying spices and a large amount of gold and precious stones;  and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was on her heart.  2 Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was hidden from Solomon which he did not explain to her.  3 When the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house which he had built, 4 the food at his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his ministers and their attire, his cupbearers and their attire, and his stairway by which he went up to the house of the Lord, she was breathless.  5 Then she said to the king, “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom.  6 Nevertheless I did not believe their reports until I came and my eyes had seen it.  And behold, the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You surpass the report that I heard.  7 How blessed are your men, how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom.  Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you, setting you on His throne as king for the Lord your God;  because your God loved Israel establishing them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.”  2 Chronicles 9:1-8.

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We are much more blessed than Solomon’s men who continually stood before him to hear his wisdom, because God draws us near to Him, causes us to continually stand before Him, and enables us to continually read and understand His words of wisdom in the Scriptures.  

“How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You
To dwell in Your courts.
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Your holy temple.”  Psalm 65:4.

“How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You.  Selah.”  Psalm 84:4.

“How blessed are the people who are so situated;
How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!”  Psalm 144:15.

“He who gives attention to the word will find good,
And blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.”  Proverbs 16:20.

“1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.”  Psalm 1:1-2.

“13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver
And her gain better than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels;
And nothing you desire compares with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who hold her fast.”  Proverbs 3:13-18.

We are much more blessed than the people of Israel under Solomon’s rule, because we are under Christ’s rule. 

Christ is “our eternal King, who governs us by his word and Spirit, and who defends and preserves us in that salvation, he has purchased for us.”  See Heidelberg Catechism Question and Answer 31.

“Christ executeth the office of a king, in calling out of the world a people to himself, and giving them officers, laws, and censures, by which he visibly governs them;  in bestowing saving grace upon his elect, rewarding their obedience, and correcting them for their sins, preserving and supporting them under all their temptations and sufferings, restraining and overcoming all their enemies, and powerfully ordering all things for his own glory, and their good;  and also in taking vengeance on the rest, who know not God, and obey not the gospel.”  See Westminister Larger Catechism Question and Answer 45.


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