The scripture for today is 1 Kings 8:62-65, NIV.
The Dedication of the Temple
62 Then the king and all Israel with him offered sacrifices before the LORD. 63 Solomon offered a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to the LORD: twenty-two thousand cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So, the king and all the Israelites dedicated the temple of the LORD.
64 On that same day the king consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the LORD, and there he offered burnt offerings, grain offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings, because the bronze altar that stood before the LORD was too small to hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings.
65 So Solomon observed the festival at that time, and all Israel with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt. They celebrated it before the LORD our God for seven days and seven days more, fourteen days in all.
When Solomon finished speaking, “fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” (II Chron. 7:1). which showed the Lord's acceptance of their sacrifices and confirmed that the Lord was well pleased with the temple. The people believed that God took possession of the temple to reside in. Therefore, the people bowed and worshipped, and praised the Lord for his goodness and mercy. This awesome display from heaven was followed by a response of worship from the people for 14 days.
After nearly 500 years, Israel was finally in her land and God had moved into the temple. Solomon wanted to make sure that the people praised God for His faithfulness in fulfilling His promises. Before the people did anything else, Solomon wanted to make sure the people recognized what God had done and praised Him for it.
We have so many blessings in our lives today, even in these pandemic times. Do you take the time to praise God for what He has done for you? One of the worst things we can do is to fail to praise God with gratitude.
Dear Heavenly Father, I praise Your Name and I thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed on me. I ask that You open my eyes to all you have done for me~
Donna DeMauro firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – Those who aren’t free to worship God openly.