The dedication and blessing of the Temple continued, and the glory of the Lord began filling the Temple. Pause here for just a minute to take that in. What exactly was it like to experience the Lord’s glory filling the Temple? Then Solomon, the king, turned around and blessed the entire congregation of Israel while they were standing… When Solomon finished praying this entire prayer and petition to the Lord, he got up from kneeling before the altar of the Lord, with his hands spread out toward heaven, and he stood and blessed the whole congregation of Israel with a loud voice: “May the Lord be praised! He has given rest to His people Israel according to all He has said. Not one of all the good promises He made through His servant Moses has failed.”
This great day was full of celebration and dedication and it reminded everyone that God keeps His promises. Life in the time of Solomon and life now has a lot of layers of differences. It helps us to better understand life then if we can try and put ourselves into the Story. Can you picture yourself as a builder who helped to construct the Temple, or as one who offered needed materials or special skills? Would you have been leading up the singing, or maybe joining in with the thankful ones who had been given a rest from war? Those present that day saw God’s glory with their own eyes! What would that have been like? The outcome was certainly joyful and both their king and their God blessed all who were assembled.
1 Kings 8:14, 54-56 HCSB (also in 2 Chronicles 6:3)