Today's Reading: 1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 5
The story of the entry of the Ark of the Covenant into the new temple built by Solomon parallels the entry of the Ark into the city of Jerusalem when David danced. There are some differences, though.
Solomon got it right.
Solomon realized that a place needed to be prepared for the Ark. He spent 13 years building a glorious temple.
Solomon realized the things of God were governed by God. Solomon listened to and obeyed God. The temple was built to the specifications God had given, the inner sanctuary was specifically prepared and the Ark was carried properly by the priests.
Solomon realized the power of sacrifice. God's love for us and our love for God is marked by extravagance! There is nothing lukewarm about it.
With all these things in place---preparation, obedience and sacrificial love---God's glory entered so profoundly the priests were unable to do their jobs. They were overwhelmed!
To all you temple builders out there, this is your heritage: to be so filled with the glory of God that you are overwhelmed by God's presence in your inner sanctuary!
O how great and wonderful is our God!
Come into my heart, LORD Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.
Holy Spirit, Thou art welcome
in this place.