[The singers] raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: ‘He is good; his love endures forever.’ Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud…2 Chronicles 5:13b
Having looked at David’s praise when the Ark came to Jerusalem, we now focus on Solomon’s response when the Ark was brought into the temple. Again we find thanks and praise based in the character of God. At this point, Israel was arguably at its peak. The kingdom under Solomon had grown to its largest. The temple was completed, and Israel looked forward to peace and prosperity. The son of David ruled on the throne, and the Lord granted him wisdom beyond measure. The people could have looked at all these things and given thanks and praise only for them, but there was something greater than the gifts. That, of course, was the Giver Himself.
Think of all the things in your own life that you can and should thank the Lord for. Hundreds of blessings come to mind immediately. The greatest gift that we have received is God Himself. In Christ, we receive not only forgiveness, but adoption. We are welcomed as His sons and daughters. As a result, we shall enjoy in heaven His presence in ways that we cannot even fathom now.
What Israel experienced as the glory-cloud filling the temple, we experience today as the Holy Spirit within us.