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The Temple Filled With Divine Glory

The Temple Filled With Divine Glory

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BY ROBERT WALKER



2 Chronicles v. 13, 14.

It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers
ivere as one to make one sound to be heard in praiS'
ing and thanking the Lord, and when they lift up
their voice, with the trumpets and cymbals, and in-
struments of music, and praised the Lord, sayings
For he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever, that
then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house
of the Lord : So that the priests could not stand to
minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of the
Lord had filled the house of God.
BY ROBERT WALKER



2 Chronicles v. 13, 14.

It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers
ivere as one to make one sound to be heard in praiS'
ing and thanking the Lord, and when they lift up
their voice, with the trumpets and cymbals, and in-
struments of music, and praised the Lord, sayings
For he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever, that
then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house
of the Lord : So that the priests could not stand to
minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of the
Lord had filled the house of God.

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THE TEMPLE FILLED WITH DIVIE GLORYBY ROBERT WALKER 2 Chronicles v. 13, 14.It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singersivere as one to make one sound to be heard in praiS'ing and thanking the Lord, and when they lift uptheir voice, with the trumpets and cymbals, and in-struments of music, and praised the Lord, sayingsFor he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever, thatthen the house was filled with a cloud, even the houseof the Lord : So that the priests could not stand tominister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of theLord had filled the house of God.THE day of Pentecost excepted, when the Holy Ghostmade a visible descent upon the apostles of our Lord, Ilook upon this to have been the brightest day of heavenSERMO LXIV. 379upon earth that ever the cliurch of God was favouredwith. It is impossible to conceive the joy, the wonder,the ecstacy of these devout worshippers, when they be-held the cloud, that well-known symbol of the Divinepresence, and saw the temple filled with his glory. So-lomon himself, as we learn from the 18th verse of thefoUov/ins; chapter, was so overpowered with this extra-ordinary manifestation, that he made a sudden pauseeven after he had be^^un to pray; and, like one doubt-ful whether he should believe the testimony of his ownsenses, abruptly asks the question; "But will God in
 
very deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold! hea-ven, and the heaven of heavens, cannot contain thee,how much less this house I have built!"It appears, from the last chapter of the book of Exo-dus, that when the tabernacle was first erected in thewilderness, God was pleased to take visible possessionof it in a way similar to what is here recorded ; and theeffects (though not precisely the same) were very muchakin to those I have now read to you : For we arc theretold, that Moses, the man of God, was not able to enterinto the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abodethereon, and the glory of the Lord had filled the taber-nacle: But here the cloud not only filled the tabernacle,but the whole temple; and the Divine presence was dis-played with such glory and majesty, that the priests whoburnt incense at the golden altar, were obliged, at leastfor some time, to intermit the service. Tiiey could notstand to minister by reason of the cloud, for the gloryof the Lord had filled the house of God.I suppose I need scarcely observe to you, that- suchpompous and visilde manifestations of the Divine pre-sence are not to be expected in gospel days. Tije dark-ness of the former dispensation required those external380 SERMO LXIV.aids, and rendered them uot only desirable but usefuland necessary; but now that the darkness is dispelled,and the dayspring from on high hath visited us; thegr<'at objects of faith being freed from the thick veil of types and shadows, penetrate the mind without the as-sistance of our bodily senses, and make a deeper andmore lasting impression upon the bilieving soul than themost splendid scenes the eye could behold.Zion's glory doth not now consist in outward pomp
 
and magnificence, but in the spiritual though invisiblepresence of her King, according to his own gracious ])ro-mise, " Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world;" and ^' where two or three are gathered to-gether in my name, there am 1 in the midst of them.""When a divine power accompanies the ordinances of re-ligion; when these waters of the sanctuary are impreg-nated with a healing and quickening virtue ; when thesouls of believers are enlightened and purified, revivedand comforted, by the use of those means which Christhath appointed, then is the temple filled with his glory;and there is no need of any visible cloud to convince thedevout worshipper that his Lord is with him.It has long been lamented, (would to God there wasless cause for it) that this gracious presence of our Re-deemer is sensibly withdrawn from our public assem-blies. We have heard with our ears, and onr fathers havetold us, w hat work the Lord did in their days, in the timesof old; how his steps of Majesty have been seen in thesauiituary, and his arm revealed by its glorious effects,turning the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, en-riching and beautifying the souls of his own people withrighteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.But, alas ! How is the gold become dim, and the mostfine gold changed? These blessed fruits of gospel ordi-SERMO LXIV. 381nances are rarely to be seen in our day, and thereforeis just 2;round for that mournful complaint, "Tlie bel-lows are burnt, the lead is consumed of the fire, thefounder raelteth in vain; for the wicked are not pluck-ed away from their wickedness." Few, comparativelyspeakins;, are now converted by the means of grace. Andeven araons; the few who have a name to live, the de-cayed and languishing state of vital Christianity is too

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