Solomon encouraged the priests, who were much astonished at the dark cloud. The dark dispensations of Providence should quicken us in fleeing for refuge to the hope of the gospel. Nothing can more reconcile us to them, than to consider what God has said, and to compare his word and works together. Whatever good we do, we must look on it as the performance of God's promise to us, not of our promises to him.
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SDA Bible Commentary (limited)
20. Performed his word. It was God’s will that Solomon rather than David should build the house of the Lord, and His purpose was carried out. Man can make his own lot and that of others unpleasant by stubbornly setting himself against the will of God. It is cooperation with God that brings the greatest progress in the work of God. Solomon, in building the Temple in harmony with the divine will, was placing himself in the channel of heavenly blessing. It was then that the Lord performed His word. Solomon was the instrument, but God was the moving power.