Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Priests of Praise!

In the study of “God’s Presence”, we learn that each one of us are containers for God’s Spirit to dwell within us. 1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” Our bodies are really God’s temple. God does not “dwell in temples that are made with hands.” Acts 7:48

Why does the Holy Spirit come to live inside of us? Because God’s plan for you is in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit has knowledge of everything! That’s why His presence is so powerful. It’s the Holy Spirit in us that is continually changing us into the image of God’s Son.

It is God in us that is our victory! In the Old Testament under the Old Testament Covenant God’s presence was manifested on the outside.

God’s commandments to Israel came at Mount Sinai where God’s presence was manifested with thundering and lightning and a thick cloud of smoke. The people stood at the foot of the mountain and saw the smoke and the mountain quake at God’s presence. But the people could not go up into the mountain. Only Moses was permitted by God to go. (Exodus 19)

In Exodus 33, Moses also met with the Lord in his tent, which was called the Tabernacle of Meeting. Again the people could gather near his tent and see the glory pillar of cloud and worshiped God.

When King David moved the Ark of the Covenant, which was filled with God’s presence and glory, only the priests were to carry the Ark upon their shoulders. (1 Chronicles 15:1) But all Israel was able to follow the Ark on its journey to Jerusalem and worship the Lord with shouting and with musical instruments. (15:28)
When David’s Son Solomon finished building the temple and the Ark of God was brought into the most Holy place, the priests sanctified themselves and were appointed to lead worship in praising and thanking the Lord. (2 Chronicles 4) Again, God filled the house of the Lord with a cloud of His glory. (v. 14)

Priests of worship

The chief ministry of the priests in Solomon’s temple was the ministry of worship. God’s presence was the response to the prayers and praise of His people.

God’s New Testament people are privileged to become priests unto the Lord. God qualifies us to carry His presence and glory within our temple (our bodies). This happens to all born-again believers who have received God’s Holy Spirit. We become “God’s chosen people and a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praise of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9) He has built you a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices (praise) acceptable to God through Jesus Christ!