David appointed his son, Solomon, to be King of Israel. The most important accomplishment of Solomon’s reign was to build the temple for the Name of the Lord.  There are passages about the Temple for the Name of the LORD in 1 Kings and also in Chronicles, a book that we will look through in a while.  Recall that after God told Moses His personal Name and after the LORD accompanied the Israelites through the desert to the promised land, for all that time, the LORD had been over the Ark of the Covenant which was a dwelling place for His Name.  It was now time to make a beautiful space of worship for His Name, a temple because the people were sacrificing on the high places, for up to that time no temple had been built to the Name of the LORD.
After eight years the temple was built and ready to consecrate so Solomon made a public prayer to God at the dedication. 1 Kings chapter 8 verses 33, 35, and 41-43.

Verse 33 “If Your people Israel sin against You and are defeated by an enemy, and if they return to You, praise Your Name, pray to You, and entreat You in this temple, listen in heaven and forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and bring them back to the land You gave their fathers.”
Verse 35 “If the sky is closed, so that there is no rain, because they have sinned against You and You afflict them, and if then they repent of their sin, and pray, and praise Your Name in this place, listen in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servant and of Your people Israel, teaching them the right way to live and sending rain upon this land of Yours which You have given to Your people as their heritage.”
Verses 41-43 “To the foreigner, likewise, who is not of Your people Israel, but comes from a distant land to honor You {since men will learn of Your great Name and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm}, when he comes and prays toward this temple, listen from Your heavenly dwelling. Do all that the foreigner asks of You, that all the peoples of the earth may know Your Name, may fear You as do Your people Israel, and may acknowledge that this temple which I have built is dedicated to Your honor.”

1 Kings 9:3 The LORD responds to Solomon: “I have heard the prayer of petition which you offered in My Presence. I have consecrated this temple which you have built; I confer My Name upon it forever, and My Eyes and My Heart shall be there always.”

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