May God bless the reading of His Word.
A house is just a house until someone lives there, and then it becomes a home. A sanctuary is just an auditorium until the people of God are there, and then it is a house of worship. And the Temple was just a big, albeit beautiful building until the presence of the Lord filled it.
All of the years of promise are now fulfilled as the cloud representing the presence of God filled the place, and Solomon must have become overwhelmed with emotion as he saw this miraculous event take place. His prayer was one of joy, and awe, and gratitude, and yes even concern for the people that God gave him to lead and care for. You can hear Solomon’s tender heart for them, can’t you?
Solomon wasn’t puffed up with pride and power. He truly felt a burden for their welfare.
Would that our leaders today would take a lesson from Solomon.
What do you think?