The priests then withdrew from the Holy Place. All the priests who were there had consecrated themselves, regardless of their divisions. All the Levites who were musicians–Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives–stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets. The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God. 2 Chronicles 5:11-14
The Temple for the Name of the Lord is completed. Solomon summons the elders f Israel, all the heads and chiefs of the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to bring the ark of the Lord’s covenant to the new temple. After the priests, who were Levites, carry the ark in the way prescribed by the Lord through Moses, it is placed in the Holy of Holies, beneath the wings of the cherubim. The priests then all moved outside the Temple with the musicians and singers setting up on the east side of the altar. Thus, as they face the altar, the Temple is behind and to the south of the altar. The trumpeters, the cymbals, probably harps and lyres and 10 stringed instruments all playing as the singers praise the Lord: “He is good; His love endures forever!” This was such a celebration giving thanks to God. It predates a much greater celebration that we find in the book of Revelation. In heaven, the Four Living Creatures never stop saying, ”Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” Then the 24 elders who sit surrounding the Throne say, ”You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Then a multitude of angels, ten thousand times ten thousand sing, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Get ready church! In heaven we will join in worship as we’ve never seen on earth – nothing close. Why not start now? Shout out your praise for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Don’t hold back on worshipping him. He IS worthy to receive glory and praise!