Dedicating This Temple
For years I was fascinated with Solomon's Prayer of Dedication in 2 Chronicles the 6th chapter.
Today, God opened my eyes to something NEW!
At the beginning it says that Solomon knelt down and spread out his hands toward heaven, THEN he begins to pray. In verse 18 he questions God, "but will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built!"
He goes on to pray for mercy and then says, "May your eyes be open toward THIS temple day and night, this place which you said you would put your Name there. Solomon asks God to hear from heaven or for His ears to be attentive 12 times in this chapter.
I love studying about the temple because the New Testament tells us that WE are the temple. We are the dwelling place. So it's good to see how much care was given to the original temple. If every detail was vital in building that temple, how much more vital is this body that God inhabits?
But then I read on. And in Chapter 7 it tells us that when Solomon finished praying, FIRE came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD FILLED THE TEMPLE!!!! When everyone saw the glory of The Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and worshiped and gave thanks to The Lord saying, "He is good; His love endures forever."
"Don't you know that YOU yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?"
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV)
If that's true today, have I lifted my hands to heaven and prayed? Have I taken great care of this body? Have I prayed for mercy and for God to hear from heaven? Have I offered my life as a sacrifice?
If THE GLORY OF THE LORD filled THIS temple, would those around me notice? Would they worship God because of the evidence in my life?
Lord, You did dwell with us on earth! You sent Your Son to die for me. Today take my life and consume me! Set me on fire and fill this temple so others will see Your Glory and know, Your love endures forever! In Jesus' name, amen.