The Glory of God in Worship
1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 5; Psalms. 99; Romans 3
“All the Levites who were musicians…stood on the east side of the altar, playing cymbals, harps and lyres. There were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the Lord…‘He is good; his love endures forever.’ Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud…for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.”
2 Chronicles 5:12-14
Worship is our grateful response to God for his incredible love, goodness and faithfulness to us. The dedication of the temple was a spectacular event of music, instruments, and voices, united in declaring God’s love and goodness. The climax of that worship service (and any other worship service) was the manifest presence of God filling the temple. In the presence of God all worshippers were unable to sing or play, because the weight or glory of God’s presence overwhelmed them. There is no more awe inspiring reality in the universe.
“Father God, I humble myself before you. Your glory is my focus this day.”