Worshiping The Most High, Part IV
When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house. II Chronicles 7:1,2
King Solomon had just finished the construction of the temple of the Lord and was dedicating it to God and when he had finished praying the fire of God filled the temple with the shekinah glory of the Most High. The word shekinah comes from a Hebrew noun meaning dwelling, settling or to inhabit, in other words when the cloud of glory comes it settles in it's dwelling and inhabits the praises of God's people.
Thirty five years ago a revival broke out in Indiana in a typical Baptist church, the result of some of the elderly ladies crying out to God for His presence to come. At first people began to experience divine healing and miracles as the Lord proceeded to descend on the assembly. My former pastor was asked to come and preach and when he returned he would testify of what God was doing in Indiana and it sparked my attention, just newly saved and hungry for more of God. I decided to go and see for myself and when I entered the service the choir of more than a hundred were singing and praising God with all their might and it was truly a miraculous sight to behold.
As I sat down and the pastor began to preach I sensed something strange was about to happen when all of a sudden he got down on his face and began to weep and then others began weeping and crying out to God. I got up and moved to the altar and as I looked, a golden cloud began to descend upon us and as it did the weeping and crying became silent like someone had turned down the volume. I began to cry uncontrollably as I could only worship the Lord and then He filled me with His Spirit and my life was changed forever! While the Spirit hovered over the congregation no one could move, only worship in the peaceful presence of the Most High God.
When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: "For He is good, for His mercy endures forever." II Chronicles 7:3
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin