2 Chronicles 5
-Solomon brings all the leaders of the nation together for the great dedication of the LORD’s Temple. The ark is taken up from Mt. Zion (the City of David), along with the tent and all the holy utensils and properly brought into their places for the worship of God. Inside the ark was the covenant God gave Moses at Horeb on the two tablets of stone when the children of Israel came out of Egypt (2 Chronicles 5:10). When the priests came forth without division from the holy place after sacrifices were made that were too numerous to count and the ark was brought to its place in the holy of holies in the inner sanctuary, the Levitical musicians praised and glorified the LORD with unison of voice, trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments (2 Chronicles 5:11-13a). All of a sudden the House of the LORD was filled was filled with a cloud and the priests could not even stand to minister because of the presence of the cloud, “for the glory of the LORD filled the House of God (2 Chronicles 5:13b-14)!”
-*Application* We see here the holiness and the presence filling the place where God was to dwell. This same exchange comes in our lives when we trust in Christ, He comes in, and He fills us with His Holy Spirit! Turn your vessel (your being) into a Temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell. You will no longer be able to minister as you glorify and praise your King. But, the amazing thing is that He will work in you with His power and authority, which is far superior to anything we have on our own. Die to self and live in Christ!
Verses to Memorize: 2 Chronicles 5:13-14