Prayer for the day
Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; let those who love your salvation say for ever, “Great is the LORD!”
Scripture for the day
“They blessed the king and then went home, joyful and glad in heart for all the good things the Lord had done for his servant David and his people Israel.”
The people of Israel were overjoyed with the temple. They saw it as a place of grandeur, but more than that, a place of God. They saw it as the place where they would gather as a corporate entity to connect with God, sacrifice to God, pray to God, see and be with God.
It is entirely understandable that after hearing their king’s prayer, after seeing their king’s accomplishment, they would be excited. They went home joyful, and glad in heart. They went home this way because to them the temple represented the presence of God, the blessings of God, and the love of God.
It is with these things in mind that we read the warning of the Lord, that his Name would reside in the temple UNLESS the people forgot God, turned away from him, and abandoned him. Then, he would destroy the temple. Then they would see the wrath of God and feel the abandonment they deserved.
Jesus says a very similar thing in the book of Luke. He states that the new temple (Herod’s temple) would suffer the same fate as that of Solomon, because of the hard hearts of the people. God’s word comes to pass multiple times because the people refuse to follow. They refuse to understand that God’s care for them as people and God’s exclusive residence with them is tied to their faithfulness. God makes this explicit many times, but they refuse to believe.
And so they witness the temple’s destruction. It is torn from their grasp because of their disobedience.
Save us Lord from our disobedience.