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Gather | Devotion #4: Filling the Temple

Chris Knuth | Worship Leader

Have you ever been so overwhelmed by God's presence during a worship set that you could no longer sing or play?  Just a few weeks ago at Sunday Gathering while we were singing "Great Are You Lord" I found myself so moved in the moment that I could not sing.  My eyes welled up with tears, and my voice choked with emotion.  I believe that I was experiencing the glory of the Lord.  

There is a great moment in 2 Chronicles 5 where the Israelites gathered to inaugurate the completed temple built by Solomon and to celebrate moving the Ark of the Covenant, the symbol of God's presence, from its nomadic existence to its final resting place in the inner sanctum of the temple, the Holy of Holies.  Solomon assembled all the who's who of Israelite leadership, the priests made countless sacrifice before the Ark, and of course, the band was there!  Let’s pick up at verse 12:

"And all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, ‘For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,’ the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God."

First, I love that some of the musicians were deemed significant enough to be kept in the records.  Second, I love to imagine what it must have been like when that temple was filled with the cloud. The same cloud that led the people of Israel through the wilderness by day, the same cloud that let them know that God was with them.  God's glory was there, with them in that temple and they were overwhelmed to the point that the priests were not able to perform.

My prayer each week is that we would experience God's presence in worship.  Not that we are chasing an emotional fix but that we would truly connect with God as we lift up His Name in song. That our worship would be pleasing to Him and that He would fill our churches with the glory of the Lord, just like He did in that temple thousands of years ago.

What is it that you are looking to experience at your weekend gathering?

Would you describe yourself as a spectator or a participant at your weekend gathering?

When was that last time you had an emotional response to God’s movement in your life?

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