The glory of the Lord fills the temple


CloudThe trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one
voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. 
Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments,
they
raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang:

“He is good;  His love endures forever.”

Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud,
and the priests could not perform their service because of
the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.

 [NIV]

 

This section of the Old Testament is speaking of when Solomon had completed building the temple, and the ark of the covenant had been brought by the priests into the Most Holy Place. Solomon then dedicated the temple to the Lord.

This passage in 2Chronicles tells us many things about worship, and how God is to be honoured and worshipped by us. Here are a couple of starting points, but I encourage you to read the whole chapter, and let your imagination picture the scene, the worship and then the cloud of glory.

Firstly, we are told that the singers sang ‘in unison, as with one voice’. The joining together of God’s people, with the common purpose of worshipping Jesus is so important. We are called to be a people of unity, there is power and blessing when we all join together []. In fact unity is one of the things that brings joy to the Lord! And therefore, it is important that you add your voice to that unison. How wonderful that even when the whole church is raising a song to the Lord, he hears you individually.

Secondly, we are told that what came out of their mouths was ‘praise and thanks’. This is such an important starting point for building our prayer life and relationship with Jesus, and is something that should be a strong defining feature of our worship, that it is full of praise and thanks. I challenge you to listen to yourself – is what you are praying full of praise and thanks?

Therefore, as we worship together on a Sunday morning, it is important that we are comfortable and growing in confidence to bring our own songs to the Lord. From each of us let there be an overflow from our hearts of worship. Now I know that this can be an intimidating prospect, and as you look around you may see people to whom it seems to come naturally, but everyone had to start somewhere! The Lord wants to hear His name honoured by you. He doesn’t value our songs by human standards, by our ability to find a key, how clever we are with our words, but He is blessed by a heart that loves Him, and a mouth that expresses an overflow from the heart. In this passage, the people are singing a simple refrain, just 2 lines, but it expresses their heart and their adoration of the Lord. Use this simple refrain to help express your worship. Even now, start to sing out ‘He is good, His love endures forever’. Sing it again and again. Imagine the scene, all the voices joining together to sing, and then how a cloud descended. This cloud was so dense, so heavy, so all encompassing that the priests could not go about their service. The glory of the Lord filled that place. This passage is a shadow of heavenly worship. It was always God’s plan that His people would be His temple, that His Spirit would live in us and fill us. So expect that as you worship, you become more aware of the Holy Spirit that is living in you.

Get praising, get worshipping, get singing, and get expecting to experience more of the presence of God!

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13 and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord,

“For he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever,”

the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. (ESV)


133:1 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore. (ESV)

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