Establishing the Ark in Its Proper Place

from Lynda Lindsey

Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes…to bring up the ark of the Covenant of the Lord out of the city of David… And they brought up the ark of the Lord, the tent of meeting…to its place in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. I Kings 8:1; 4; 6

And when the priests came out of the Holy Place, a cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord. Then Solomon said, “The Lord has said that He would dwell in thick darkness. I have indeed built you an exalted house, a place for You to dwell in forever.”  I Kings 8:10-13

Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea…that Your eyes may be open night and day toward this house, the place of which You have said, “My name shall be there, that You may listen to the prayer that your servant offers… And listen in heaven Your dwelling place, and when You hear, forgive.”  I Kings 8:28-30

Solomon provided a place for the house of the Lord, the Lord who cannot be contained in highest heaven. The ark, brought to the temple with sacrifices too numerous to count, was established in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. And the Lord, who dwelt in thick darkness on Mt. Sinai, showed Himself in a cloud so resplendent with light and glory that the priests couldn’t stand on their feet to minister before Him! God, who cannot be restricted to any place or time, chose to make Himself manifest to His people in the temple. 

That God chose to dwell among, and manifest His presence to, His people at any time or place is astounding. Astounding, too, is the fact that God, in the form of a baby, came to dwell among His people, to identify Himself with our joys and sorrows, to take our sins upon Himself, to willingly offer Himself as our one-time sacrifice to remove the barrier between sinful man and holy God! Where there was no way, God made a way; Jesus is that way, the truth, and the life, the only way of access to the Father. God is a God like none other; what He promises with His mouth, He fulfills with His hands. 

God shows His steadfast love to those who walk before Him with all their heart. God’s eyes and ears are open day and night toward our cries; God doesn’t just hear from highest heaven, He hears, forgives, and restores. God, a willing teacher, yearns to show us His good way, His path, but first we must establish Him as our highest priority and allow Him the proper place in our life. Repent. Confess. Acknowledge God as Lord. And when we do? He shows Himself to us, refreshes us with His Spirit, maintains our cause, and blows fresh winds of change through our lives. That, too, is astounding!