Read 1 Chronicles 28
Focus on verse 9
David calls together all the leaders of the people and explains to them the arrangements that he has made, and how the Lord chose Solomon to build the temple because David had been a man of war. Then, presumably in front of all these leaders, David charges Solomon to be faithful to serve the Lord with all his heart and that if he does the Lord will bless everything he does. He also warns Solomon that if he does not follow the Lord faithfully, that the Lord will cast him off.
It took Solomon seven years to complete the temple project, and when it was complete there was a great ceremony to dedicate it to the Lord at the conclusion of which the temple was filled with a cloud as the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
It is unfortunate that David did not live to see that day, though I imagine that he had likely already seen the temple in his mind many times as he put in place all the preparations and plans and organized all the people that would do the work under Solomon’s reign.
David is careful to instruct Solomon in regard to that which is most important. That he faithfully follow and serve God for all his days. For most of his life Solomon did just that. Toward the end of his life, as recorded in the book of Kings, we read that his love for his foreign wives drew his heart after the pagan gods these women worshiped. The kingdom of Israel reached its zenith under the rule of Solomon. The Lord continues to bless Israel despite the unfaithfulness of the kings that follow Solomon “for the sake of his father David” until Nebuchadnezzar sacks Jerusalem and demolishes the temple in 586 BC. Never again in human history would Israel flourish as it did under Solomon.
Would things have been different if Solomon had heeded his father’s advice for the entire span of his life? There is no way of knowing, though the pattern of human history seems to indicate that humanity certainly seems incapable of following the Lord faithfully for more than a few generations. I expect the reason this is so goes back to the decision of Adam and Eve in the garden to reject God’s instruction and do things their own way. It would seem that we are rebellious creatures by nature. The only cure I am aware of comes through heeding our heavenly father’s advice and establishing a relationship with Jesus Christ. The degree to which we submit our lives to Him and allow Him to put the old nature to death is the degree to which we will walk in obedience to God. Radical change requires radical measures. It’s really not as painful as it sounds…well, no actually it probably is, but the freedom and peace on the other side of putting that old nature to death is totally worth it.