The people came to the temple, but the amazing thing was that God came to dwell with His people.

Scripture: 1 Kings 8:3-13

ESV Text: 1 Kings 8:3-13


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 8
3 And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark. 4 And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, even those did the priests and the Levites bring up. 5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude. 6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims. 7 For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above. 8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day. 9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. 10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, 11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.

     12 Then spake Solomon, The LORD said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. 13 I have surely built thee an house to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 639:
For Many Years, O God of Grace

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. For many years, O God of grace, 
This church has been your dwelling place 
And we your congregation. 
Oh Christ, our precious cornerstone, 
Our faith is built, and Christ alone 
Is still our one foundation. 
This day We pray: 
“Let us greet you, Lord, and meet you 
Here with singing, 
All our praises to you bringing.” 

2. Here children have been born anew 
As manifold as morning dew, 
Their vows to you confessing. 
Here many found a table spread, 
They ate Christ’s body with the bread 
And drank the cup of blessing. 
This day We pray: 
“Let none falter At you altar. 
We adore you, 
Gladly worship here before you.” 

3. Here when the marriage vows were made, 
Both bride and groom besought your aid, 
Your love their own transcending. 
Here mourners, with their troubled hearts, 
Have found the peace your Word imparts, 
The joy that has no ending. 
This day We pray: 
“May the story of your glory 
Here resounding 
Be a song of grace abounding!” 


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