Meeting a new neighbor can be a big deal. But when it’s God moving into the neighborhood … well, that’s a huge deal!
Solomon spent 7 years carefully building the temple in Jerusalem, making sure everything was perfect. After all, the temple would be filled with God’s presence and be where all Israel came to worship.
Today we’ll GET INTO the story of Solomon building the temple and explore God’s presence—then and now. After the video we’ll TALK IT UP and ACT IT OUT, discovering how what happened in the temple is still happening today, and much closer to home.
So grab a seat, settle in, and stream the “Solomon’s Temple” video!
In today’s video, God showed up to inhabit (INHABIT (verb): to live in; be present in; use as a dwelling) the worship (WORSHIP (noun): great love or devotion; a time when great love and praise are shown to God. (verb): to honor or adore; to give glory to) of His people. God literally filled the temple with His presence, inviting His people to turn their hearts and minds to Him.
God is still giving His people—that includes us—the same opportunity. We can still meet Him as we worship. Use these questions to TALK IT UP and dig into what God’s Word tells us about God showing up to inhabit our worship:
God’s presence filled the temple Solomon built, and it’s God’s presence that inspires our worship today. When you get a sense of who God is, of all God is, well—it’s hard not to be in awe.
You might be thinking: If only God were still filling buildings with His presence.
Good news: Because Jesus rescued us, God now fills more than a building. He fills us with His presence through His Holy Spirit.
The Bible says this: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
In Solomon’s time, God’s people could visit the temple; as a believer, you are the temple. Solomon built a temple to be filled with worship; God built you for the same reason.
Let’s explore how we might be worship-filled temples. Pick 1 (or more) of these activities and put into action what you learned in TALK IT UP.
The first rule of being a king or queen is: You don’t bow to others; they bow to you. You learn that on your very first day of Royalty School.
Yet we see Solomon, the chosen king of Israel, as he stands before the altar of the Lord in the temple. The crowd that has come to see the dedication of the temple watches their king kneel and lift his hands toward Heaven (2 Chronicles 6:12-13).
Solomon is bowing before the King, the Lord the God of Israel. Solomon praises God for showing up to be with His people and for inhabiting their worship. Now it’s your turn to thank God for those same things and do it in a way Solomon would find familiar.
Sharing what God’s doing in and through us encourages us to remember that He always shows up. Plus, we encourage other believers! Here are some ideas for sharing what you’ve discovered about God showing up to inhabit our worship.
Use the hashtag #GodInAction so we can see what you’ve been up to!