Solomon’s request demonstrated humility rather than self-aggrandizement with a willingness to submit to God’s authority versus selfish ambition.
Solomon’s accession to the throne should have been seamless. His older brother Adonijah, however, complicated matters putting their father’s resolve to the test.
David’s census of Israel and Judah was the catalyst for what ultimately unfolded in God’s plan and purpose.
God honors a contrite heart and forgives those who come to Him in genuine repentance. The sooner, the better. But, it’s never too late.
David was overwhelmed by the knowledge that God had chosen him. He had not forgotten his humble beginnings as a shepherd, nor were his royal surroundings taken for granted.