1 Kings 2:10
10 Then David died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. 11 David had reigned over Israel for forty years, seven of them in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. 12 Solomon became king and sat on the throne of David his father, and his kingdom was firmly established.
Even at the end of David’s life there is a little hiccough about how will become the next king, but eventually Solomon is made the next king and David speaks to his son, his heir.
We’ve followed David’s life in our devotions recently as an example of someone who lived a life devoted to God. What strikes me is that a life devoted to God isn’t a private, personal achievement but it’s a discipline, a reality and a joy that overflows from our lives to those around us.
We see a clear picture of this in our passage today as David advises the next King how he should lead. David speaks to Solomon about being devoted to God in his life and leadership.
1 Kings 2:2
2 “I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man. 3 Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go. 4 If you do this, then the Lord will keep the promise he made to me. He told me, ‘If your descendants live as they should and follow me faithfully with all their heart and soul, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’
This is why we’ve started the year looking at acts of devotion. This is why we’ve studied King David in our daily devotions. God is looking for devoted people. People who above their status, qualifications, experience, position will first, observe the requirement of the Lord you God, will follow all his ways, will keep his decrees, commands, regulations.