The Glory of the Lord Filled the House

2015-03-10-20-22-24

Today’s Reading – 2 Chronicles 1 – 5 (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers Read – Acts 4 – 6; Psalms 81 – 85; Proverbs 17)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 119:105

Read the “0517 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Read a previous post from this passage – “Just Ask Him

“It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.” – (2 Chronicles 5:13-14)

Nothing pleases the Lord more than the praise and worship of His people. Here in the first five chapters of 2 Chronicles we see Solomon building the temple of God on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. All of the preparations had been made; all of the materials had been provided for; all of the instruments of worship, and the ornate furnishings had been created; and everything had been put in its proper place. Finally, this temple, which was first conceived through the Lord in the heart of David, is now almost complete. I say almost, because God does not arrive on the scene until His people in one accord begin to worship and praise Him. It isn’t until then that God shows up, and fills the temple with his glory.

Two things caught my attention from this passage. The first is that they played and sang “as one”. That tells me that there was unity and harmony. God loves when His children are dwelling together in unity. The second thing is that God is well pleased with the praise of His people. This is one of the things that sets us apart from other religions. God does not force us to worship Him. Nothing about true worship is forced. Worship and praise are voluntary expressions of our love for the Lord.

As I am writing this passage, I am burdened about many things in my life, and in the life of our church. I have been thinking lately that something is missing in our church. I could not put my finger on it before, but I think God has shown me something here. We are not praising the Lord as we should. We are not singing as we should with a heart filled with praise and adoration for our God. The song service in our church should be more than just some obligatory precursor to the preaching. It should be a time when we as God’s children stop everything and focus our attention on Him completely, lifting up our hearts and voices to Him in praise. It’s really pretty simple isn’t it? Maybe if we start praising and worshipping God as we should the glory will fill our house as well.

 


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C Stahl
C Stahl
8 months ago

Praise the Lord for this beautiful day and for the first time in a long time we can gather together at the church. Amen.

Shahin
Shahin
2 months ago

SDB

Shahin
Shahin
2 months ago

Thank you for your thoughts on God’s glory… I just wanted to mention that we have a clear presentation in Acts 1 & 2 of God filling His temple on earth-His church! This was only possible for 2 reasons. 1. They put all their sins away by true confession and repentance. 2. They put away their differences among eachother and became one in the Lord. Only at this time the glory of the Lord could be poured upon His church!

As far as true worship, which you mentioned, it will always be the result of putting away sins and becoming one in the Lord. Ezekiel 43:1-12 and Psalm 133 are good examples on the process wherewith God will fill His temple. True worship does not bring God to us, true worship is a sign that God has already worked in our hearts, for Jesus said without Him-His presence and power in our lives-we cannot do anything, even worship alright! So perhaps the masses of believers are harboring willful sins or perhaps they are not united? Or maybe both, and this is why the church is languishing. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

May God help us then to preach to our churches the need of putting away our sins and becoming one in Jesus so God can truly heal His people…
Thank you and God bless…

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