Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Praise - Take 6 Solomon

In II Chronicles chapters 1 through 7, we learn about Solomon’s first years as king. We all know Solomon was the heir to the throne. He asked God for wisdom to rule the people. God granted his request. Prior to his death, his father David made extensive preparations for the temple building. Solomon continued with the preparations. He built the temple, brought the ark of the covenant and placed it inside, and dedicated the temple. All throughout, praises were lifted up to the Lord. In turn, the glory of the Lord filled the temple.

When we, as humans, miss our family or friends; we can call, write, or visit them. We want to spend time with them. We want to enjoy their company. Few hours seem like mere minutes. If they are coming over for a visit, we ensure our dwelling is in tip top shape. We prepare their favorite foods and drinks. We greet them with a huge smile, hug, and kiss when they arrive. We ensure they do not need anything while in our home. How is God different? When we praise Jesus Christ, His presence is sensed. He fills us with His Spirit. I Corinthians 3:16, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” We are the vessel the Holy Spirit indwells. Ephesians 2:22, “… in him (Jesus) you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Is the vessel clean and welcoming? Does the vessel feed the Holy Spirit and starve sin and the flesh? Is the vessel longing for the Holy Spirit to visit and reside within? Does the vessel enjoy God’s company? If so, then the Holy Spirit will feel right at home in the vessel. If not, He will reveal what needs to be changed when asked. 

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