Then Solomon built a high place… (1 Kings 11:7)
Jesus said that “a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:24). This was certainly true for Israel after Solomon’s passing. Solomon began his kingship with God-given wisdom and honor, yet turned from the Lord later in life, giving his heart to his idolatrous wives by building high places for their gods (1 Ki. 11:1-8). As a result of Solomon’s unfaithfulness, God promised judgment; the kingdom of Israel would be divided (11:31).
A generation later, God’s Word was fulfilled. David’s throne in Jerusalem remained over the northern kingdom of Judah, while the ten tribes of Israel broke away to form the southern kingdom. This division weakened both kingdoms significantly. Most tragically, God’s people no longer worshiped as He desired. The ten tribes were cut off from the temple in Jerusalem—the place where God had chosen for His name to dwell. And what’s more, Judah put a pagan altar in the temple (2 Ki. 16), and then gutted its furnishings to buy off the Assyrians (ch. 18).
No longer worshiping together in God’s house, Israel and Judah took to the “high places” where they intermingled their worship practices with the idol-worship of surrounding nations. These were the same high places God commanded them to destroy (Deut. 12:2). Because of their continued unfaithfulness, the people were eventually captured and cut off from their homeland (2 Ki. 17, 25).
A divided, self-destructing kingdom is bad enough. Yet worse still is what it revealed about the people: their hearts were divided. Like Solomon, their hearts were not wholly true to the Lord (1 Ki. 11:4).
As the hearts of the people went, so went the kingdom. This is a much-needed lesson for the church today. If LifePoint is going to be the kind of church that worships God in a manner that He desires, we must see to it that our hearts are wholly true to Him.
Before Solomon took the throne, his father, David, prayed: “…unite my heart to fear Your name” (Ps. 86:11). David understood that true worship begins with an undivided heart—a heart that is wholly true to God. Can that be said of your heart? Is there anything in your life that is contending for supremacy with Him? If so, I commend to you this wisdom from the book of James:“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you… purify your hearts, you double-minded” (4:8). These words remind us that God delights to give His people an undivided heart, but we must draw near to receive it.
So as you look to Sunday, take some time to draw near to God. Tear down the “high places” in your life by asking Him to give you a heart that is wholly true to Him.
“A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand,” nor can a heart that is divided worship as God desires.
Set List for Sunday, April 29, 2018:
Man Of Sorrows (B. Ligertwood, M. Crocker)
Good Good Father (P. Barrett, A. Brown)
Singing in The Victory (M. Dawes, B. Land, A. Ivey, J. McCreary, L. Walter, D. Schmidt)
I Want to Know You (M. Farren, J. Proctor, J. Robinson, R. Thompson)
How Great Is Your Love (K. Stanfill, P. Wickham, B. Younker)
You can also listen to a playlist of LifePoint’s current song rotation on Spotify.