And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with a whole heart and with a willing mind [an eager self], for the LORD searches all hearts and understands every plan and thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.
1 Chronicles 28:9 ESV
David is here giving Solomon his final instructions. What a moment! After all the preparations for the temple that Solomon is to build, after all the thought about the kind of worship that will take place in the temple, after a lifetime of living, what do you want to say to your son to prepare him for what lies ahead of him? What would you say? What kind of detailed instructions would you give? I dare to suggest it might be a lot more complicated than this, but also maybe a lot less penetrating.
What did he say? “Know Yahweh!” Is that it? Is that all? Yes, that’s it and that’s all. In the end, all of life comes down to this. Now, of course, if there is no God, no great I AM, then indeed there are a lot of other things that you could spend your life’s energy doing. But if there is a Person who is both beyond the stars, and present in the tiniest atomic fragment, a Person upon whom our lives depend, a Person who has given his life for us, then yes, to be on the stretch for an intimate personal acquaintance with that Person is the most important thing in the world. Just as he loves to probe into the inner recesses of your being, he invites you to probe into his [notice that “searches” above is the same verb that is translated “seek” a few words later – he “seeks” us and calls us to “seek” him].
God invites us to view him as the young lover views his beloved: the most fascinating subject in the world. That’s the way God sees us – can you believe it? – and that’s the way he wants us to see him. Do you know him? Are you eager to know him and know him more fully? If not, why not? What else will matter when they close the casket lid? The tragedy of Solomon’s life is that he was so involved with “knowing” a lot of women that he forgot about knowing Yahweh. Oh, don’t let that, or something similar, be your tragedy. Know Yahweh!