Devotion – Friday May 15 – God’s Glory Manifested Leads to Worship

The third example of God’s Glory manifested to people in the bible comes from the life of King Solomon who reigned over Israel after King David.  David had desired to build a house for the Lord, but, because David had blood on his hands from the wars he fought, God forbade him.  The Lord proclaimed that David’s son Solomon should build the house. It took Solomon 7 years to build the temple that was God’s house.

The scripture for our devotion today is found in 2 Chronicles 7:1-3.  Solomon is holding a dedication of the temple with all of the elders and heads of the tribes of Israel gathered.  He completes his prayer of dedication and the Glory of God is physically present.  I encourage you to use your imagination to put yourself in this scene.  Read through the text once, then go back and read again, imagining yourself right there in the midst of the presence of the very God of the universe.

Initial Questions:

  • What did you experience as read the text the second time? 
  • Could you imagine fire coming down from heaven?
  • What do you think the glory of the Lord looked like, that it prevented the priest from entering the temple?

Consider the people’s response – they bowed down with their faces to the ground.  Such an act is a profound example of reverence.  The people worshiped, gave thanks and declared God is good and his love endures forever.

Final Questions:

How does the Glory of God lead you to worship?  How often has the Glory of God caused you to stop and worship this week?

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