Read 2 Chronicles 6
Focus on verses 12-14
Solomon understood leading from his knees at this point in his reign. He was about to dedicate the temple, which had just been completed. It was a huge ceremony to which everybody who was anybody in the nation came to witness. Solomon had built a special platform from which he would deliver the dedication prayer. What is most impressive to me is that he is not afraid to publicly humble himself before the Lord by kneeling on the platform as he directs all the glory of the moment to the Lord the God of Israel.
What a great example of leadership. It is not surprising that the people of Israel were loyal and honoring toward Solomon. It is not difficult to honor a leader when you know that he is sincerely interested in the best interests of those he leads. It become much more difficult to honor a leader whom you suspect is mostly interested in his own gain and glory. Such a leader typically only demonstrates outward humility when it furthers his ego to do so. It is typically not difficult to see the pride that oozes through such false humility.
It is highly unlikely that one would see a proud, self-interested leader kneel for any reason much less give glory to God or anyone else. When we kneel before God we are reminded of our position before Him regardless of our position in the world of men. Solomon understood that he was King of Israel in the world of men, but it appears that he also understood that he was no more important than anyone else in the eyes of the Lord.