Solomon, a king of many people, is concerned that he lacks the experience to lead. His father, King David left rather large shoes to fill. In a dream, Solomon asks the Lord for an understanding heart. Solomon is looking for the ability to discern between good and evil. The Lord is pleased with Solomon’s request because he did not ask for personal things like long life, riches or the life of enemies. Solomon was looking to understand justice from the Lord’s perspective.
I enjoyed reading Solomon’s words because he appreciated what the Lord God had given him and his father David. He knew where his blessings came from. I think that is the reason his heart was in the right place to ask God for discernment, over anything else.
Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. Then God said to him: “Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice… 1 Kings 3:7-11 KNJV