...and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. 2 Chronicles 7:1b-2
Everything had been completed by Solomon, just as the Lord had given instruction. The temple was finished... it was gloriously beautiful! Can you imagine the sight of it all! The gold and bronze, it must have been overwhelming! So much work, so many years... but finally it was complete.
Solomon prayed, "O Lord God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place!" It was a perfect moment in time for Solomon and the people of Israel.
Solomon closed his prayer and suddenly fire came from heaven and consumed all the burnt offering and sacrifices. They were acceptable and pleasing to Him! At that moment God's glory, His wonderful, majestic, and holy presence filled the temple!
God's visible presence, so awesome that the people bowed down, face down, and gave Him praise and worshiped Him. Can you imagine? I do not know that I could have contained myself. They sang praise to Him saying, "He is good, His love endures forever." What a worship service!
I long for the presence of God. For His glory to fill our place of worship! To bow before Him and proclaim, He is good and His love endures forever!!! I want to feel in a tangible way that He is near, and to be warmed by His presence! He still meets with us today.
If we pray for God to forgive us, turn from our ways, serve Him completely, offer Him our sacrifice.... He is still faithful to meet with us. His presence continues to fill our temples!