Judah and Israel were as many as the sand by the sea. They ate and drank and were happy. Solomon ruled over all the kingdoms from the Euphrates to the land of the Philistines and to the border of Egypt. They brought tribute and served Solomon all the days of his life.
Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty cors[c] of fine flour and sixty cors of meal, ten fat oxen, and twenty pasture-fed cattle, a hundred sheep, besides deer, gazelles, roebucks, and fattened fowl. For he had dominion over all the region west of the Euphrates from Tiphsah to Gaza, over all the kings west of the Euphrates. And he had peace on all sides around him. And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon. Solomon also had 40,000 stalls of horses for his chariots, and 12,000 horsemen. And those officers supplied provisions for King Solomon, and for all who came to King Solomon’s table, each one in his month. They let nothing be lacking. Barley also and straw for the horses and swift steeds they brought to the place where it was required, each according to his duty. 1 Kings 4:20-28.
Times were good for Solomon, but were they good for everyone? So much was spent for the up keep of the king and his officials. Was this a burden to the people who paid for it? Or was everyone so prosperous that it was a small thing to them? God had warned the people, through Samuel, about the high cost of Kings.
David had not as much leisure as this. After all, he was fighting the wars that built the kingdom. This is not to take anything away from Solomon. He was a good king during good times.
We are also living during good times, although you could never tell by the complaining and discontent. Wealth and entertainment are good, until we forget what it all cost those who came before us.