Experiencing The Beauty Of The Lord
The temple of the Lord God was finally finished. King Solomon arranged that all the furnishings were placed inside the temple in a particular order according to the directions of the Lord. The last piece of equipment was the Ark of the Covenant, the place where God would dwell.
No doubt this moment was a special occasion which required much preparation. It was going to be a huge celebration. The Ark was positioned in the inner sanctuary in the holy of holies under the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim spread their two wings over the Ark overshadowing it along with the poles.
The placement of the Ark was significant because it was a replica of the arrangement in the temple in heaven. The wings of God’s holy angels, the cherubim, overshadow the Ark of the Covenant inside the temple in heaven while they continually sing praises to God in worship and adoration (Psalms 99:1; Isaiah 6:1-2; 37:16; Revelation 4; 11:19.)
This scene around God’s throne is a spectacular sight, and the Lord wants His people to experience its grandeur while on earth. On the day of the dedication of the temple, as soon as King Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and sacrifices.
The glory of the Lord came down and filled the entire Temple so that the priest was unable to minister because of the potent splendor of the Lord.
The Israelites watched this glorious sight in amazement, and they immediately bowed down with their faces to the ground on the pavement and worshiped and praised God saying,
“For He is good, for His mercy endures forever.” (2 Corinthians 7:1-3)
The great God Almighty will dwell with them physically! Wouldn’t you like the glory of the Lord to be with you all the time? It is possible!
First, ensure that your heart becomes the spiritual Ark of the Covenant filled with the Holy Spirit and God’s word. Your body, sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ, will become His temple. Second, always be obedient to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Lord will then place you under the wings of the cherubim who will continually praise the Him on your behalf.
The glory of the Lord will shine forth from your entire life. Imagine the blessings and protection that you will receive from God!
Pray the entire words of King Solomon in 1 Kings 8:22-53 to usher you into the presence of God. The following is an excerpt.
Additional Reading: Hebrews 9
“Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.
“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! Yet regard the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today: that Your eyes may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the place of which You said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place.
And may You hear the supplication of Your servant and of Your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. Hear in heaven Your dwelling place; and when You hear, forgive.
“When anyone sins against his neighbor, and is forced to take an oath, and comes and takes an oath before Your altar in this temple, then hear in heaven, and act, and judge Your servants, condemning the wicked, bringing his way on his head, and justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness.
When Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against You. When the heavens are shut up, and there is no rain because they have sinned against You; When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is.
When they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them. Whatever prayers, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart and spreads out his hands toward this temple: then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),
Teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance; that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.
May Your eyes be opened to the supplication of Your servant and the supplication of Your people Israel, to listen to them whenever they call to You. For You separated them from among all the peoples of the earth to be Your inheritance, as You spoke by Your servant Moses, when You brought our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.” Amen (1 Kings 8:23-53)
The essence of this prayer is permitting God to make your body His dwelling place so that He will meet your individual needs.