Lent 2009 (6) – Celebration

All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions. All the Levites who were musicians… stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang:
“He is good; his love endures for ever”.
Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.
2 Chronicles 5:11-14

This is a favourite Scripture for my birthday! The occasion was the consecration of King Solomon’s newly completed Temple. It was a magnificent building. When all was ready, the service began: the musicians played, the choir sang and something quite amazing apparently happened. God turned up. Oh that he turned up with such presence every time his people worship together.

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