- God gave a gracious answer to Solomon's prayer. The mercies of
God to sinners are made known in a manner well suited to impress
all who receive them, with his majesty and holiness. The people
worshipped and praised God. When he manifests himself as a
consuming Fire to sinners, his people can rejoice in him as
their Light. Nay, they had reason to say, that God was good in
this. It is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, but the
sacrifice in our stead, for which we should be very thankful.
And whoever beholds with true faith, the Saviour agonizing and
dying for man's sin, will, by that view, find his godly sorrow
enlarged, his hatred of sin increased, his soul made more
watchful, and his life more holy. Solomon prosperously effected
all he designed, for adorning both God's house and his own.
Those who begin with the service of God, are likely to go on
successfully in their own affairs. It was Solomon's praise, that
what he undertook, he went through with; it was by the grace of
God that he prospered in it. Let us then stand in awe, and sin
not. Let us fear the Lord's displeasure, hope in his mercy, and
walk in his commandments.