“Indeed, it came to pass, when 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 music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever”
that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God” (2Chron 5:13. 14)
This is the story of how Solomon and the people of Israel brought in the Ark of God to its final resting place, inside the Temple. This is part of their history. But there are many lessons for us today, for the Word of God is forever fresh and powerful. King David prepared all things necessary for the house of God. Solomon, his son built the Temple exactly as his father said it.
First lesson: parents should prepare a spiritual inheritance for their children, who should build and improve on that foundation. Pray for your children! Read the Bible to them! Bring them to church! Children obey your parents, pray for them; listen to their wisdom!
The temple Solomon built in Jerusalem was magnificent; it was one of the wonders of the ancient world. It was a copy of the Tabernacle that Moses built in the wilderness. But it was much bigger and more luxurious. It was built with silver and gold. But one thing remained the same, for it could not be improved upon: the Ark of God. Inside, it contained the two tablets with the Ten Commandments, written by the finger of God. Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever!
Second lesson: We build great cathedrals or we can worship in a little room. But the presence of God is the same. They may have different buildings, but the same Holy Spirit dwells inside them all. It is the same Word of God that is preached. The rich and the poor believer are the same before God. God is not a respecter of men or buildings! The presence of the Holy Spirit abiding inside is vital for a church to be called a true living church!
The priests brought the Ark of God from Zion, from under the tabernacle originally prepared by David. They ‘brought up’ the Ark and carried it on their shoulders. Then they ‘brought in’ the Ark, placing it inside the Holy of Holies. In Hebrew, the word ‘brought up’ means to exalt, to honor, to excel unto perfection. The word ‘brought in’ means to lead inside and follow, to enter and abide, rest there.
Third lesson: If you are born again, then you are a priest of God and a preacher of the Word. You need to practice how to ‘bring up and bring in’ the presence of God and the Word of God! You need to be spiritually strong to lift Jesus high so that He will draw men’s hearts after Him. Your light must shine in His name destroying the darkness of sin in men’s hearts. The Word must penetrate their spirits as an arrow of life bringing eternal abiding salvation.
To bring the Ark of God into the Temple, the priests sacrificed countless sheep and oxen. The road was ‘bloody red’ where the Presence of God passed.
Fourth lesson: You need to trust the power of the Blood of Jesus to host the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
The priests, the singers and all worshipers sang praises to God in one accord. This unity of the Spirit is necessary for the Holy Spirit to come and move in the midst of the congregation. In particular they praised God’s goodness and mercy, His eternal attributes as God, His glory and power, His favor and the beauty of His holiness. As all men praised God with loud voice and grateful hearts, suddenly, the cloud of the Shekinah glory of God came and filled the Temple. The priests fell on their faces and could stand to do their work. For who needs men when Jehovah takes possession of His house?
Fifth lesson: We pray for revival to come. If we meet the conditions, God will come down and fill His house and our lives! It does not matter if the church is expensive or simple! It does not matter if the choir has robes or not! It does not matter if men carry theological titles of not! What matter is that we should humble ourselves before the Almighty God! We should seek Him with abiding passion, hunger and thirst for His presence. We need to have faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ! We need to worship God in Spirit and in truth! We need to maintain the unity of the Spirit, between the pastors and the congregation, between adults and children! Finally, we need to praise God (loud) with all our hearts until He comes down!
Oh, how I love it when I am ‘replaced’ by God…when the congregation forgets about me…when I am ‘marginalized’ by God so that He takes the center place… when the Holy Wind blows and revival is in the air! I love it! I love it! More, Lord, more……To You be all the glory! In Jesus name, Amen!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I am a priest of the Most High God!
I am a preacher of the Gospel!
God is good and His mercy endures forever to me and my family!
Goodness and mercy shall follow me and my family all the days of our lives!
We shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever!
In Jesus name,