1 Chronicles 28:9-21
And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind…
I. WHAT THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD IMPLIES.
1. A firm belief of His existence.
2. Just and regular sentiments concerning the perfections of His nature. Whatever argues a real imperfection or frailty in men ought not in the most distant resemblance to be ascribed to God.
3. A reverent contemplation of Him, according to the discoveries He hath been pleased to make of His perfections in His Word, works, and the ways of providence. Let us frequently contemplate —
(1) His almighty power.
(2) His holiness.
(3) His wisdom.
(4) His veracity.
(5) His infinite mercy.
II. THE EFFICACY AND INFLUENCE THIS KNOWLEDGE OF GOD OUGHT TO HAVE UPON US. The design and end of knowledge is not only to enlarge and enlighten the mind, but to direct the practice and mend the heart. The true knowledge of God should produce in us —
3. Dependence upon Him for wisdom (James 1:5).
4. Confidence in His promises.
(J. Mason, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
WEB: You, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for Yahweh searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.