The dedication of Solomon’s Temple was one of the high points of Old Testament history. It took 7 years to build and was one of the wonders of the ancient world. King David did all that he could to help his son build the Temple, giving him the plans for the building, and donations from his personal funds, and from the national treasury.
The ceremony of dedication included the offering of many sacrifices and the celebrations of praise, worship, music and song. But all of this was worthwhile to hear the priests declare, “The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever.” That is the central message in all of God’s dealings with His people.
All that we do for God, build for Him, or even perform for Him in church services mean nothing without God’s mercy and goodness revealed in our lives. This is the basis of everything
Lord, I receive the provisions of Your goodness, Your mercy and Your loving kindness today. In the midst of my efforts to build for You in my life and in the life of others, I remember Your presence counts above all else.
The source of true joy is not in any external project plan or even acts of worship and obedience. True joy is rooted in God’s mercy and His presence in your life. In your efforts to build a life of victory, success or even Christian ministry today, remember God’s presence and mercy is with you. Go into today’s responsibilities with this confidence.
Read: 2 Chronicles 5:11-14
Below, a nice song by Matt Redman, “Lord let your Glory Fall”: