VERSE OF THE DAY: ~2 Chronicles 5:11-14 “And it came to pass when the priests came out of the Most Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without keeping to their divisions), and the Levites who were the singers, all those of Asaph and Heman and Jeduthun, with their sons and their brethren, stood at the east end of the altar, clothed in white linen, having cymbals, stringed instruments and harps, and with them one hundred and twenty priests sounding with trumpets— indeed it came to pass, when 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 music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.”
This is an awesome story to compare with first two chapters of Acts. This incident of the manifestation of the presence of God in the form of a cloud that was so thick, even the priests could not remain standing to minister. This occurred during a time of unified praise and worship at the celebration for Solomon’s Temple being dedicated unto the Lord. It was at this point in history that the Jewish Temple was finally built. In some ways this parallels the outpouring of God’s Spirit in Acts chapter 2. The most important parallel is that in both of these instances the people were in one accord and of a single heart. In Acts chapter 2 they were one mind and one accord to seek the Lord and are endued with the power from on high that Jesus told them not to leave Jerusalem until they had. It was at this point in history that the New Testament church was birthed. In second Chronicles they were of a single heart to thank the Lord and sing praises to His name. In both occurrences God honored the united hearts of his people by blessing them with a tangible supernatural visitation. In the Old Testament, it was the cloud of glory, in the New Testament, it was the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
Since the beginning of the Protestant era, it has become too easy, too comfortable for Christian believers to divide and split when they have doctrinal differences, or when personal feelings get violated or hurt. This has been a long campaign of spiritual warfare launched by the enemy to prevent the church from walking in the unity that God blesses and ordains. Perhaps we could start rebuilding the breaches by setting a fresh new focus on worship, prayer and upon the presence of the Lord.
PRAYER: “Lord, we acknowledge that you abide inside of your believers. Yet, what we need is Your manifest presence we need for you to help us join together with a singleness of heart to love, honor, and to worship you to pray for your presence and for your will to be done in our midst. Lord, we ask that you unite our hearts for your purpose and your glory. So we as the people of God can see your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Unite us together to worship you in Jesus name amen.”
VERSE FOR FEARLESS LIVING! ~ Psalms 46:2 “Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;”