Reading Plan: 1 Kings 3-4
1 Kings 3:3-5 (NASB)
3 Now Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.
4 The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
5 In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish Me to give you.”
Solomon observed the passionate relationship David had with the Lord. Solomon came to have his own genuine love for the Lord and sought to live his life according to what David had taught him. There was one problem, Solomon worshipped at the high places. This was not where God wanted to be worshipped.
Solomon went to Gibeon (one of the high places) to worship the Lord and proclaim his complete devotion to God. A burnt offering signified complete commitment to the Lord and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings. At Gibeon, the Lord appears to Solomon in a dream. Solomon asks God for an understanding heart. God grants him this desire.
In verse 15, upon awakening, Solomon leaves the high place to go to the right place. He goes to Jerusalem and to the Tabernacle. He offers his offerings there. God guided him from the high place to the right place. God discerned Solomon’s love and showed him favor. God also taught him how he could become even more intimate with Him.
God will do the same for us when we ask Him for an understanding heart.