When the prophet Jonah considered the people that God called him to, he was angry with God.  'Why did God have him go to such losers?

Jonah had a racist attitude towards the people of Nineveh.

But Solomon had a different attitude towards the ones He would rule as King.  He saw their greatness.

1 Kings 3:8-9

8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.

9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"


He identified himself as being ‘here’ among the people God chose. He wasn’t thinking remotely from a distance. He spoke to God about the people he was presently involved in serving.

Solomon wasn’t sure of himself, but he was sure of God. He would be called on to exercise authority and make decisions, but he didn’t want to do wrong in God’s eyes. He prayed that God would give him a heart that knew the difference between right and wrong when it came to his responsibilities with the people.