As God’s glory filled the temple, they praised, “He is good; his love endures forever.” Are you set apart and filled by God? We are now the temple of God, filled by the Spirit because we are in Christ, yet we are also called to be filled as Christians. Will you be filled today?
2 Then Solomon summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs of the Israelite families, to bring up the ark of the Lord’s covenant from Zion, the City of David.
4 When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the Levites took up the ark, 5 and they brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. The Levitical priests carried them up; 6 and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.
7 The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim.
10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt.
12 All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. 13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers 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 the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.
2Chronicles 5:2, 4-7, 10, 12-14
When the temple was complete, Solomon summoned all the leaders of Israel to come together. They brought the Ark of the Covenant and the tent of meeting and installed the sacred things within the new temple.
And then they worshiped. 120 trumpeters from the ranks of the priests accompanied the others playing their instruments and the singers praised God: “He is good; his love endures forever.”
And then the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.
When the temple of God was ready and set apart for the Lord, the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.
Are you set apart? Are you filled?
When Jesus ushered in the new covenant of grace, the temple’s curtain which separated the Most Holy Place was torn from top to bottom. From that moment on, God’s plan was to fill his people as temples, individually and together as the Church. We are now the temple of God, filled by the Spirit (1Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20).
It is interesting that although we are the temples of God as his children, with the Spirit indwelling us, we are also encouraged in Ephesians 5 to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
There is indwelling and then there is indwelling. Like the temple of old, the Lord can fill us with his glory and enact his power within us. Unlike the temple of old, there is a continual indwelling also within the children of God today. We are filled because we are in Christ, yet we are also called to be filled as Christians.
Our will and willingness to welcome the filling of God, to submit and surrender to the Spirit, does something more in terms of our relationship with our Father and his influence and empowering of us in this world. The glory of the Lord filled the temple of God. And so, today, I desire to worship and praise God for indwelling me, yet also step toward God and set myself apart for him to fill me in terms of every aspect of my day and my week.
Fill your temple today, Lord.
Be glorified in each of us.