The Temple is built, but it is just a building until the presence of the Lord fills the place. I Kings 8 records this very thing happening. The Ark of the Covenant is the specific place upon which God promised He would focus His presence and, as the Ark is brought into the Temple, we can see that God is keeping this promise. We read that the Cloud of God’s presence filled the Temple so intensely that the priests were driven out. And all of this was tied to the promise that God made to David that one of his sons would always be on the throne of Israel, and that David’s son, S0l0mon, would be the one to actually build the Temple.
It is interesting that the New Testament speaks of the body of a believer as a Temple of God. And in this very same way we are, for we have been filled with the glory of God’s presence through the Holy Spirit. People are wonderful creations of God, glorious in many ways. But in one sense, the real glory is missing until we put our faith in Jesus Christ and are filled with the Holy Spirit. When that happens, the goal and purpose of our very beings comes true. Without God’s presence we are simply a shell of what we were intended to be.
“Father, fill me new and fresh this day with Your Spirit that I might bring glory to your name and that I might experience the kind of life that I was created to live!”