New Defender's Study Bible Notes
6:1 thick darkness. The Hebrew word for “thick darkness” refers to the heavy cloud of the shekinah glory. See Exodus 20:21.
6:13 kneeled down upon his knees. It must have been a marvelous, heart-stirring sight to see the great King Solomon kneeling on his raised platform before all the leaders of the nation and a great congregation, spreading his hands out to heaven and praying such a magnificent prayer of praise and intercession.
6:15 hast fulfilled. At this one time in the history of God’s chosen people, God had indeed fulfilled all His promises to Abraham, to Moses and to David. At the same time, Solomon remembered also the many warnings God had given as to what would happen if the nation should later turn away from God, so much of his prayer became a prayer for repeated forgiveness and restoration in response to repentance and confession.
6:18 cannot contain thee. God is infinite as well as eternal. He has, so far as we can tell, created a universe which is infinite in extent and eternal in duration, yet He is greater still. We cannot comprehend this great truth in our finite minds, but there is no other rational way to account for the universe, so we can believe even when we cannot understand.
6:23 hear thou from heaven. Eight times in Solomon’s prayer, he beseeches God to “hear from heaven” (II Chronicles 6:21,23,25,27,30,33,35,39) when His people confess their sins and pray for deliverance. It is another great mystery that God, whose “dwelling place” is in heaven (II Chronicles 6:21,30,33,39), can actually hear the prayers (even the prayers uttered silently) of people here on Earth. Yet, though He dwells in heaven, He is also omnipresent, by His Holy Spirit, and He is also omniscient—so He hears and knows!
6:25 again unto the land. Thus Solomon realized that, even though they indeed occupied all the promised land, there was still a possibility that they could be cast out of it if they forgot God, as Moses had prophesied long before (e.g., Deuteronomy 4:27; Leviticus 26:33). Still, knowing God’s unconditional promise to Abraham (Genesis 13:14-17; 15:18-21), Solomon could also pray in faith that God would bring them again back into the land.
6:30 knowest the hearts. Compare John 2:25. Jesus is God, and God knows.
6:36 sinneth not. Solomon recognized that it was impossible for even the best of men to live a sinless life, so all would need some means of receiving forgiveness. The universality of sin becomes a basic doctrine of New Testament revelation (e.g., Romans 3:23; 5:12; James 2:10; 4:17).