MAY 6 In chapter 22 the judgment had passed. The Lord had answered prayer, and David was restored to fellowship. He then instructed Solomon regarding the building of a house for the Lord. It is noteworthy that David could not be involved in advancing the work of the Lord until his own heart was right. The Lord does not use dirty vessels. Too often people who are genuinely born-again cannot be used of God because there is sin in their lives. Many times I have counseled with young people and adults alike who have struggled with serving the Lord, but have never met with any measure of success. My advice to them is to examine their own lives to see what could be separating God's blessings from them. God's Word says, "But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear" (Isaiah 59:2). If we are to be of service to God, we must come as clean vessels, set apart for His service and meet for the Master's use. In chapter 23 David made Solomon king. David was 70 years old at the time. Afterwards, he devoted himself still more to the house of the Lord. He ordered and arranged everything, so that when the Temple was built, Solomon had only to follow the directions given him by his spiritual father. Solomon had the privilege of having a godly father who could teach him the ways of the Lord. Also in this chapter we read of 24,000 Levites being set apart for the Lord's service, and we will see in the next few chapters the responsibilities that are given to various persons.