Now, O Lord, God of Israel, fulfill the promise to your servant David. – 2 Chronicles 6:17


Solomon prayed that God’s promises to his father David would come to pass. The King James Version says Solomon wanted God’s promises verified. The word verify means “to establish as a fact,” or “to prove true.” Scientists verify their hypotheses by hundreds of tests. Detectives verify evidence by examining it from every conceivable angle.

Faith means to believe God to establish His promise as a fact. You build your faith by searching out the promises of God until you have established, or verified, them as facts in your mind, not just as promises. When you establish God’s Word as fact, He will then establish your life by fulfilling His promises: “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established” (2 Chronicles 20:20 KJV).

Whatever crisis you are facing, make the effort to verify the promises of God that pertain to that situation. Find every shred of biblical evidence that fits your case. Meditate on that evidence until it turns from a promise into an established fact in your heart. As you establish God’s promises, He will establish you!


The trumpeters and singers performed together in unison to praise and give thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they raised their voices and praised the Lord with these words: “He is so good! His faithful love endures forever!” At that moment a cloud filled the Temple of the Lord. – 2 Chronicles 5:13

In music, sounds that blend together are called harmony, or symphony. If individual tones and instruments do not blend, they clash, producing cacophony. Imagine the awful noise if all the instruments in an orchestra played their own notes in completely different keys! But when all the instruments work together, the result is a beautiful piece of music that uplifts the human soul.

God has called each of us, with our individual tones and ministries, to blend into one body. The result will be as it was at the dedication of Solomon’s temple: a beautiful display of unity—not one individual note or instrument that clashes with others, but a conscious blending of our gifts and callings with that of others.

Psalm 133:3 expresses it perfectly: “Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion. And the Lord has pronounced his blessing, even life forevermore” (Psalm 133:3). Whatever calling, church, or ministry we are involved in, we must walk in unity with everyone else. Then we can watch the effectiveness of our ministry multiply and see the glory of God displayed for a listening world.

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