The priests then brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim (2 Chronicles 5:7).

Solomon chose the Feast of Tabernacles for the dedication of the Temple. He had the ark of the covenant brought to its holy resting place while all the men of Israel gathered in Jerusalem and lived in leafy booths for seven days.

On the first day of the feast, the Temple was gloriously lit with giant candelabras. The golden glow could be seen throughout the city and reminded the people of God’s shekinah glory that had appeared in the desert tabernacle. The Levites played instruments and led the congregation in praising the Lord.

Another name for this feast is “The Season of Our Joy,” for that is the prevalent mood. The people living in temporary shelters gratefully remembered God’s provision and their dependence on Him. God’s people can rejoice in His goodness and blessings anytime. Remember to celebrate them each day.

Thought for Today: What draws our minds to God and evokes praise?

Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 5:2–7

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