Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
“He is good;
His love endures forever.”
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God. (2 Chronicles 5:13-14)
Solomon is the most blessed king. Solomon, son of David established himself firmly over his kingdom, for the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.
Solomon called together all the leaders of Israel—the generals and captains of the army, the judges, and all the political and clan leaders. Then he led the entire assembly to the place of worship in Gibeon, for God’s Tabernacle was located there.
His Father, King David had already moved the Ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the tent he had prepared for it in Jerusalem, and the bronze altar was made for the Ark of God. So Solomon and the people gathered, and he went up to the bronze altar in the LORD’s presence and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings on it.
That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”
Solomon replied to God, “You showed faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. O LORD God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”
God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!” (2 Chronicles 1:7-12)
God richly blessed Solomon, and for God, Solomon decided to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD. Solomon hired extremely talented and gifted people from his country and from Tyre, its neighboring country.
Solomon began to build the Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem, where the LORD had appeared to David, his father. When the Temple of the LORD was completed, he brought all the gifts his father, David, had dedicated—the silver, the gold, and the various articles—and he stored them in the treasuries of the Temple of God. Solomon then summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of tribes—the leaders of the ancestral families of Israel. Then the priests carried the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple—the Most Holy Place.
All the priests who were present had purified themselves. And the Levites who were musicians were dressed in fine linen robes and stood at the east side of the altar playing cymbals, lyres, and harps. They were joined by 120 priests who were playing trumpets. Then they raised the voice and praised the LORD: “He is Good! His faithful love endures forever!” (2 Chronicles 5:13) At that moment a thick cloud filled the Temple of the LORD. The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple of God.
Solomon prayed by starting praising God, ““O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion. You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today. “ (2 Chronicles 6:14-15) Then he continued prayed to God and for his people, while praising him and dedicating him and his people as His faithful nation.
When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned up the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple. The priests could not enter the Temple of the LORD because the glorious presence of the LORD filled it. When all the people of Israel saw the fire coming down and the glorious presence of the LORD filling the Temple, they fell face down on the ground and worshiped and praised the LORD, again saying,
He is good!
His faithful love endures forever!” (2 Chronicles 7:3)
Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices to the LORD. King Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats. And so the king and all the people dedicated the Temple of God. The priests took their assigned positions, and so did the Levites who were singing, “His faithful love endures forever!” They accompanied the singing with music from the instruments King David had made for praising the LORD. Across from the Levites, the priests blew the trumpets, while all Israel stood.
For the next seven days Solomon and all Israel celebrated while praising God. Then at the end of the celebration, Solomon sent the people home. They were all joyful and glad because the LORD had been so good to David and to Solomon and to his people Israel.
This is one of the most joyful moments throughout the Bible. Solomon asked for God’s wisdom while humbling himself. This pleased God, and God blessed him. When Solomon got God’s blessings, he wisely responded by building the temple of God. Then he dedicated the temple to God together with all of his people, and they raised their voices: “He is good! His faithful love endures forever!”
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
We are blessed because Jesus Christ took all our sins and transgressions.
We are happy because God delivers us.
We are in joy, because we are His children.
Put all we have before Him, and
praise Him because He is worthy of our praises. Amen!