Glory in the House

“Thus all the work that Solomon did for the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, and stored the silver, the gold, and all the vessels in the treasuries of the house of God. Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes… in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the city of David, which is Zion… And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, who had assembled before him, were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered. Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim… And when the priests came out of the Holy Place (all the Levitical singers,.. with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, ‘For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,’ the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God… Then the king turned around and blessed all the assembly of Israel.” Chronicles 5:1-2,6-7,11-14; 6:3

With all construction and decorative details completed, furnishings and vessels in place, King Solomon’s crowning act was to bring the ark, which held the covenant the LORD God had made with His people, into the new temple. The magnificent entrance and display that followed compels us to tingle, and smile, and sing, and lift our hands in wonder and praise!

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God’s sure covenant is the ground for His light and glory to flood our lives. We prepare for the glory of the Lord with sacrifice and deliberation. The glory of the Lord lifts us above the common, captivates our attention from self-focus to God’s infinite greatness. The glory of the Lord is accompanied by joy and blessing that spread abroad. The glory of the Lord moves our hearts to worship and give to others. Are all these true in me? In my house? If not, what niggling irritants and pesky distractions am I allowing to deter my passion for the all-glorious God? How will I make way for His cloud?

What difference is the Lord’s presence making in the atmosphere of my home, reflecting in our furnishings, entertainment, order? Do I invite Him to fill my spaces with the glory of His peace and beauty? Is the purposefulness of His industry reflected in our management, maintenance, and stewardship? Is His companionship evident in the conversation at our meals, His divine hospitality effusive when we open our doors?

Lord on high, so fill our home with Your glory that whoever enters will see, commune with, delight in, be blessed by, and honor You.

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