In part two of “What Happens When We… Worship”, we find King Solomon leading the people in a worship ceremony at the dedication of the temple. During this dedication, the priests could not continue their service because of the Lord’s presence that filled the temple. Today we will learn just what that worship service looked like and what was required of them to be a part of this unforgettable worship experience.

Solomon and the Dedication of the Temple
2 Chronicles 5-7

A time of (consecration and dedication)

Then all the elders of Israel came, and the Levites took up the ark. They brought up the ark and the tent of meeting and all the holy utensils which were in the tent; the Levitical priests brought them up. And King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who were assembled with him before the ark, were sacrificing so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered. Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, into the inner sanctuary of the house, to the holy of holies, under the wings of the cherubim.
2 Chronicles 5:4-7 NASB

(How do I prepare for worship?)

A time of (singing and praise)

When the priests came out of the holy place, the Levitical singers dressed in fine linen and carrying cymbals, harps, and lyres were standing east of the altar, and with them were 120 priests blowing trumpets…They raised their voices…in praise to the LORD: “For He is good; His faithful love endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 5:11b-12a, 13b CSB

(Do I give praise?)

A time of (prayer)

“But will God indeed dwell with mankind on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You; how much less this house which I have built. Yet have regard to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You…”
2 Chronicles 6:18-19 NASB

(How do I pray?)

A time (to hear and heed)

“But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot you from My land which I have given you, and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight and I will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples. As for this house, which was exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ And they will say, ‘Because they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers who brought them from the land of Egypt, and they adopted other gods and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this adversity on them.’”
2 Chronicles 7:19-22 NASB

(Will I be obedient?)