So, to review…
David wanted to build a temple for God. He collected lots of stuff, had plans drawn up, and had money in reserve for the building. God told David that he wouldn’t get to build the temple. David’s son, Solomon built it. It was big. It was shiny.
I told you the other day that I didn’t think this big, shiny temple was God’s first pick for a dwelling place. I think He always wants to dwell with His people. I don’t think He wants walls and programs to come between Him and his people.
In 2 Chronicles 6 and 7 when Solomon dedicates the temple to the Lord, the Lord fills the place with His glory, letting Solomon know that He did a good job.
Here’s what I think.
I think that God likes it when we try. He likes it when we want to be with Him. He will always show up when we try. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be exactly right. He will love us even if we totally fail.
Solomon gave this really long speech to dedicate the temple to God, but spent most of the speech talking about David. Solomon was an honoring son. I know that was what God was saying as He talked to David in heaven. I think this is the line that impressed God the most is when Solomon said: 8 “But will God indeed dwell with mankind on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house which I have built.
Solomon knew that even with the riches, even with the flair, it was still out gloried by God. That, friends, is the kind of heart that built the temple.
So, Lord, dwell in this temple, in this clay pot, this pile of dust and condensation from your lips. Dwell here and shine Your glory.