God desires to dwell with his people and he wants us to seek him. In his presence, we can rejoice in his goodness and receive his great love of God. We rely on God’s promises made to us by the Lord Jesus, whose name is Immanuel: God with us…
14 “Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.
18 “But will God really dwell on earth with humans? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 19 Yet, Lord my God, give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence. 20 May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. 21 Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.
40 “Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.
41 “Now arise, Lord God, and come to your resting place,
you and the ark of your might.
May your priests, Lord God, be clothed with salvation,
may your faithful people rejoice in your goodness.
42 Lord God, do not reject your anointed one.
Remember the great love promised to David your servant.”
2Chronicles 6:14, 18-21, 40-42
Solomon recognizes that God is like no other, and he cannot be contained in heaven or on earth. The temple that Solomon built cannot contain the Lord any more than the highest heaven. Still, God desires to dwell with his people. His glory filled the temple. God could fill 100 temples, and yet he filled this one where his people would seek him.
Solomon now offers this prayer of dedication in which he begs the Lord to give attention to the prayers offered in this place. As people cry for mercy, Solomon asks God to give attention to their pleas. Even if people pray toward the temple, he asks God to hear them and see them and when he hears, to forgive.
Relying on the promises that God had made to his father, David, Solomon prays that God would come to rest in the temple where his people can rejoice in his goodness and receive the great love of God.
As we approach God, we too are relying on his promises made before our time to others – in our case, through the Lord Jesus to his disciples:
I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Never will I leave you or forsake you.
I will give you rest.
God dwells with us, which is where he wants to be. And as we lay our prayers and worship down before him, he will hear us, he will see us, and in the name of Jesus, he will forgive us.
The God who cannot be contained dwells with and in the imperfect creation of human vessels. Seek him and rejoice in his goodness and his great love…