I love reading the account of the dedication of Solomon’s Temple. Everything that is involved is centrally focused on the Lord and His goodness. In response to their worship and praise, God fills the temple with a thick cloud... His presence. I believe there are some observations about the aspects of praise and worship that they possessed.
Worship and praise are such buzz words today it is important for us to understand their true meaning and function. They are not the same nor synonyms, although they do function close together. Praise is loud: it is singing, dancing before the Lord, raising our hands, and more. Worship is low: it is humility, it is the recognition of God’s worthiness and in process the recognition of our unworthiness, worship is laying prostrate and being barely able to lift our voice.
Worship often precedes praise.
In the dedication we see: singing, sacrifice, unity, prayer, and more. And God showed His approval through his filling of the temple.
When is the last time you worshipped... and got low before Him? When is the last time you praised... and got loud before Him? Maybe today you need to scrap the modern definition of “praise and worship” (which often times is neither and rather entertainment) and embrace true Biblical Praise and Worship.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Chronicles 2 - 5
2 Chronicles 5:13
It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;