Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 7:23-8:21 / Acts 13:42-14:7 / Psalm 76
With the Temple finished, everything was in place except for the sacred furnishings and the Ark of the Covenant. When the Ark was brought to the Temple, Solomon offered so many sheep and cattle sacrifices that they couldn’t be counted. (1 Kings 8:5) It was a great day like none other, a day of consecration and commitment.
The priests placed the Ark inside the Holy Place, under the outstretched wings of the cherubim. When they left the Holy Place, the glory cloud of God filled the temple. It was so powerful and permeating, “And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.” (vs.11) They were overcome by God’s glory and presence.
Encountering the presence of God’s glory is a paralyzing experience. It opens and exposes our frailty and emptiness in the light of His holiness. We recognize the overwhelming reality of being undone and unworthy. Like a brilliant light, His glory penetrates every crevice of our lives.
We live in a world today that offers a variety of lighting… ambient light, task lighting, accent lighting and aesthetic light. Hotels use a warm light above their mirrors to camouflage physical imperfections while art galleries use accent lighting to bring prominence to their displays. Light is often used to conceal imperfection or to alter a viewer’s perception.
God’s light is a powerful light of truth and transformation! We need to encounter the brilliantly revealing and powerfully convicting presence of God. We daily need His Word to enlighten our pathways. We need His Spirit to visibly shine through us in comfort and power. Let’s seek the glory of God on a daily basis by preparing the Holy of Holies of our hearts and inviting His authoritative presence in the center of our being. Then the glory of His presence will shine upon our lives!