The Review and Herald

1413/1902

January 11, 1906

Lessons From the Life of Solomon—No. 17

“Give Unto the Lord the Glory Due Unto His Name”

EGW

“He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 1

From the day when Solomon was entrusted with the work of building the temple, to the time of its completion, his avowed purpose was to build “a house for the name of the Lord God of Israel.” This purpose was fully recognized before assembled Israel during the dedication of the temple. In his prayer he acknowledged that Jehovah had said, “My name shall be there.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 2

One of the most touching portions of Solomon's dedicatory prayer is his plea for the strangers that would come “out of a far country for thy name's sake; for they shall hear of thy great name, and of thy strong hand, and of thy stretched-out arm.” In behalf of every stranger that would “come and pray toward this house,” Solomon pleaded with the Lord: “Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 3

At the close of the services, Solomon exhorted Israel to be faithful and true to God, in order that “all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 4

The temple of Jehovah was a marvel of richness and glory, unequaled by any work of human art. A greater than Solomon was the designer of this building; the wisdom and glory of God stood there revealed. Those who were unacquainted with the source of Solomon's wisdom naturally admired and praised the human agent; but the king disclaimed any honor for the conception and the erection of so magnificent a structure. RH January 11, 1906, par. 5

The queen of Sheba, at the close of her visit to Jerusalem, was constrained by what she had seen and learned, not to extol Solomon, but to exclaim: “Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel forever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.” This is the impression that God designed should be made upon all peoples. And when “all the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart,” the king continued for a time reverently to direct them to the Creator of the heavens and the earth, the Ruler of the universe, the All-Wise. The name of Jehovah was honored, and his holy temple was regarded with reverence. RH January 11, 1906, par. 6

Had Solomon remained humble, had he continued to turn the attention of men from himself to the One who had endowed him with wisdom and riches and honor, what a history might have been his! But the unerring pen of inspiration, while it records his virtues, also bears faithful witness to his downfall. Raised to a pinnacle of greatness, and surrounded with the gifts of fortune, Solomon became dizzy, lost his balance, and fell. Constantly extolled by men of the world for his unsurpassed wisdom, he at length was unable to withstand the flattery. The gift of heaven, the wisdom which was entrusted to him by God, and which should ever have been used to glorify the Giver, filled Solomon with pride. He forgot that man, in humility, must reveal constant reverence for God. RH January 11, 1906, par. 7

Like the tabernacle, the temple had been built in accordance with specifications divinely given. And it was through the Lord's blessing that the people were enabled to give and prepare the necessary material. All the temple services were divinely instituted. And yet the honor was diverted from God, and given to Solomon. He finally allowed men to speak of him as the one most worthy of praise for the matchless splendor of the building that had been planned and erected for the honor of “the name of the Lord God of Israel.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 8

Thus it was that the temple of Jehovah came to be known throughout the nations as “Solomon's temple.” The human agent had taken to himself the glory that belonged to “the One higher than the highest.” Even to this day the temple of which Solomon had declared to the Lord, “This house which I have builded is called by thy name,” is oftenest spoken of, not as the temple of Jehovah, but as “Solomon's temple.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 9

The course followed by Daniel, to whom God gave “knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom,” is in striking contrast with the course followed by Solomon during the latter years of his reign. In Daniel's life, the desire to glorify God was the most powerful of all motives. He realized that when standing in the presence of men of influence, a failure to acknowledge God as the source of his wisdom would have made him an unfaithful steward. And his constant recognition of the God of heaven before kings, princes, and statesmen, detracted not one iota from his influence. King Nebuchadnezzar, before whom Daniel so often honored the name of God, was finally thoroughly converted, and learned to “praise and extol and honor the King of heaven.” And to the close of his career Daniel honored God. RH January 11, 1906, par. 10

In connection with every line of God's work in the earth today, the Name that is above every other name is to be honored. The gospel ministry, the publishing work, the medical missionary work, the educational work,—all are of heavenly origin. Not one of these lines of service has been originated or perfected by any human being. God has given the wisdom that has made possible the rapid development of every department of his cause. Let no man take unto himself the glory that belongs to God alone. Let no line of work, no institution, bear a name that would divert honor from God to any man or any set of men. Let us remember that the beautiful temple which was erected for the honor of “the name of the Lord God of Israel,” came to be known, through the apostasy of the builder, as “Solomon's temple.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 11

Said the great apostle Paul: “Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” Let every worker understand that as he strives to advance the glory of God in our world, whether he stands before Christians or infidels, peasants or princes, he is to make God first, and last, and best in everything. Man can not show greater weakness than by allowing men to ascribe to him the honor for gifts that are heaven-bestowed. God must stand the highest. The worldly wisdom of the greatest men is foolishness with him. The true Christian will exalt the name of the Lord. No ambitious motive will chill his love for God; steadily, perseveringly will he cause honor to redound to his Heavenly Father. RH January 11, 1906, par. 12

“It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” When we are faithful in making God known, our impulses will be under divine supervision, and we shall make steady growth, spiritually and intellectually. It is Christ's power alone that can give success to the human agent. God has given every man talents, that his name may be exalted; not that man may be lauded and praised, honored and glorified, while the Giver is forgotten. Let those around you see that you give God the glory. Let self be crucified; let God appear. RH January 11, 1906, par. 13

Jesus, our divine Master, ever exalted the name of his Heavenly Father. He taught his disciples to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” And they were not to forget to acknowledge, “Thine is the glory.” So careful was the great Healer to direct attention from himself to the source of his power, that the wondering multitude, “when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see,” glorified not Him; “they glorified the God of Israel.” In his wonderful prayer offered just before the crucifixion, he declared: “I have glorified thee on the earth.” “Glorify thy Son,” he pleaded, “that thy Son also may glorify thee.” “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 14

“Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 15

“I will praise the name of God, ... and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 16

“I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name forevermore.” “O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” RH January 11, 1906, par. 17