3 When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark,4 and they brought up the ark of the Lord and the tent of meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. The priests and Levites carried them up,5 and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.6 The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 1 Kings 8:3-6
It took King Solomon 7 years to build the Temple for God. Before that David had to gather all the materials to make the temple. Then when the big day came they sacrificed so many animals that they lost count. Solomon wanted everything to be perfect before a great and sovern God. Eventually God will leave the temple because the Israelites will forget Him and worship other God’s. I think Solomon’s prayer for the rest of the chapter is prophesy for the days ahead for Israel. They will be restored, then fall, then get redemption, then back to being restored. It’s a cycle that goes on through the Old Testament. It’s a cycle for our lives as well, unless we keep focused on His word and pray everyday. I cannot stress how important this is. Don’t be the bad weather Christian, where if you are going through a trial that you take God off the shelf and blow the dust off of Him and pray for help. God is the God of everyday and everything. We should ask him for small things as well as the big things. He loves us so much He knows the number of hairs on our head. In my case that is a small number. Ha!! The whole point of this story is it takes work to build a temple. It takes work to build on the inside as well as the outside of our body temple. Out of the two the most important is the inside. If you don’t have firm strong pillars of faith on the inside, your outside will not last. So exercise your faith today and step out of your comfort zone, you just may find a strong temple for God to dwell in.