Solomon Again Made King
And they made Solomon the son of David king a second time, and they anointed him as ruler for the Lord and Zadok as priest. 23 Then Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord as king instead of David his father; and he prospered, and all Israel obeyed him. 24 All the officials, the mighty men, and also all the sons of King David [l]pledged allegiance to King Solomon. 25 The Lord highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed on him royal majesty which had not been on any king before him in Israel.
26 Now David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. 27 The period which he reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned in Hebron seven years and [m]in Jerusalem thirty-three years.
Death of David
28 Then he died in a [n]ripe old age, full of days, riches and honor; and his son Solomon reigned in his place. 29 Now the acts of King David, from first to last, are written in the chronicles of Samuel the seer, in the chronicles of Nathan the prophet and in the chronicles of Gad the seer, 30 with all his reign, his power, and the circumstances which came on him, on Israel, and on all the kingdoms of the lands.
There’s an interesting bit in verse 23, “Then Solomon sate on the throne of the Lord…”
What is that saying? It’s saying that the throne belonged to God, and whoever sat on it was only doing so because God put him there. They were a steward of what God had entrusted to them. Ultimately, God was in control, and they were to serve him faithfully and do it all as unto the Lord.
The parallel for us is obvious, whether we are on a throne or not, we are stewards of what God has given us. Great or small, we are but stewards called to serve God faithfully. It is an important reminder, even if we think our “gifts” small and menial. There is no menial calling, for God himself has called and appointed us, so we should do everything we do as if we were doing it for him.
That’s a serious challenge, and one we should not take lightly. It’s all for Him, all for His glory, and no other.