1 Kings 6:11–13 (ESV): 11 Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon, 12 “Concerning this house that you are building, if you will walk in my statutes and obey my rules and keep all my commandments and walk in them, then I will establish my word with you, which I spoke to David your father. 13 And I will dwell among the children of Israel and will not forsake my people Israel.”
This word of the Lord came to Solomon in the midst of the building of the Temple. The Temple was a beautiful structure that took seven years to build.
While God was honored by David’s desire and then Solomon’s work to build a Temple for the people to worship him, most important was that the people obey God’s Word.
Even though the structure was painstakingly built with utmost care, resulting in a beautiful place of worship, God’s desire and expectation was the people’s obedience.
Heavenly Father, in all that I do to honor you, help me to be careful to walk in your ways. Amen.