Day One Hundred Thirty-Four, II Chron. 5-7, I Kings 8
Today’s reading is full of the beautiful prayers of Solomon at the dedication of the Temple to the Lord.
It begins with “He is good; His love endures forever.”
And it ends with “He is good; His love endures forever.”
Sandwiched between those two statements of gospel truth are Solomon’s praise for the Lord and his supplications, asking the Lord to be with the Israelites in defeat, in drought, in famine or plague, in war, in captivity. I love how he expresses a complete reliance on the Lord.
One statement that he makes is an incredulous, “But will God really dwell on earth with men? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, O Lord my God.”
Reminds me of the fact that God dwelling with men was God’s intention all along. In Genesis God was “walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” And in Revelation it is declared, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”